IOC Allows Participation of 25 Russian, Belarusian Athletes in Paris Games

Lausanne, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday included 14 Russian and 11 Belarusian athletes on an initial list of Individual Neutral Athletes (AINs) eligible to compete in the Paris Games that will be held during Jul.26 to Aug.11, 2024. The athletes will qualify for the Games in four disciplines: road cycling, gymnastics/trampoline, weightlifting and wrestling. After initially banning the two countries' athletes from world sport, the IOC adjusted their regulations to allow their participation, under a neutral banner, subject to strict conditions and excluding team events. Last March, the IOC was expecting 36 Russians and 22 Belarussians at the Paris Games according to the most probable scenario, and a maximum of 55 and 28 respectively. Source: Qatar News Agency

Mafareed Summer Festival 2024 Sees Strong Start, Thrilling Races

Doha: The preliminary races of Mafareed Summer Festival 2024 kicked off on Saturday at Al Shahaniya racecourse. Organized by the Camel Racing Committee, the event will run until September 7 with the participation of over 440 camels. The first day races were powerful and awe-inspiring which saw preliminary race of 16 heats distributed to two categories to race over a distance of 1,500 meters, with a large participation of camel owners from the State of Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. In the first category, "Tomooh" owned by Hamad Salem Al Marri won the title of the first Mafareed heats after breaking the record in a superb time 2:09:22 minutes, wile "AlJazeera", the runner-up, owned by Nasser Ahmed Mohammed Al Muhannadi finished the race in 2.09.98 minutes, and "Maali" owned by Muhammad Faraj Al Ghafrani came in the third-place timing 2.10.90 minutes. In the second cateory, "Al Waei", owned by Mohsen Hizam Al Marri came first timing 2:10.68 minutes, while "Wahaq" owned by Ali Abdullah A l Marri finished second with a 2:11.06 time and "Mubher" owned by Nawaf Hadi Al Marri finished in the third-place timing 2:11.92. The festival features 6 preliminary races and a final race, which will be held during Sept. 6 and 7, with each preliminary race comprising 12 heats of 1,500 meters, in addition to 4 additional heats for companies participating in the festival. Source: Qatar News Agency

SIGA FITS Forum to Kick Off in New York Thursday

The international expert forum on Financial Integrity and Transparency in Sport, commonly known as SIGA FITS Forum, will kick off in New York City Thursday with a broad participation of world leaders, decision-makers, officials and academic experts. The FITS Forum 2024 is co-hosted by Winston and Strawn LLP and SIGA AMERICA, the continental subsidiary of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), the worlds leading organization for Sport Integrity. The FITS Forum serves as a crucial and timely event to tackle the most critical Financial Integrity challenges in Sport. Expert insights will be shared by senior representatives from government, international organizations, financial institutions and professional service providers, as well as Sport bodies and the wider sports industry to articulate a path forwards and to help lay the groundwork for much needed reform within the realm of sports. The Forum's panel sessions will discuss several crucial topics, including key challenges and pressing reforms in the field of financial integrity and transparency in sport, safeguarding sport from money laundering and criminal infiltration, and championing integrity in sport through good governance, transparency, and independent scrutiny. Commenting on the occasion, SIGA Vice-Chairman Mohammed bin Hanzab said the SIGA FITS Forum reflects the great efforts made by SIGA in the areas of financial transparency, governance and integrity in global sports. These efforts have become a global reference in the international efforts to combat corruption, in line with the State of Qatar's pioneering status among the advanced countries in various fields, including combating corruption and promoting integrity in sports. The Forum enhances the close strategic cooperation with the United States in the field of sports integrity, bin Hanzab added, hoping that the participants will come out with important recommendations to find the best solutions and practices capable of protecting integrity, enhancing transparency, and combating corruptio n in the sports. For his part, CEO of SIGA Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros expressed pleasure at hosting the FITS Forum in New York City, the birthplace of the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), in an ambitious step that highlights the expansion of the international organization which was founded by Qatari efforts in 2016, led by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and its President Mohammed bin Hanzab. The organization of this forum comes at a crucial time to pave the way for much-needed reforms in the areas of integrity, financial transparency and governance in the global sports industry, he added. The forum will be attended by senior representatives of the largest and most prestigious American financial institutions, most notably Richard Weber, Former Chief Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation at the US Department of the Treasury; Tyler Hatcher, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge at the US Department of the Treasury; Kaitlin Farrell, Deputy Chief of General Cr imes at the US Attorneys Office; Marlyen Habib from New York Federal Reserve; Mohammed Ahmed, Global Anti-Corruption and Financial Crime Compliance Leader at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, and David D. Chenkin, Chair of Government Investigations at White Collar Defense and Anti-Money Laundering Group, Zeichner, Ellman and Krausse LLP. Source: Qatar News Agency

QSL Partakes in Middle East Sports Investment Forum

Doha: The Qatar Stars League (QSL) participated in the Middle East Sports Investment Forum held in London with the presence of more than 300 senior sports business leaders from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It aims to bring together sports entities from all over Middle East to develop regional sports and learn how the public and private sectors work together to achieve ambitious sporting goals in the region and enhance the Mideast's position as a global centre for major sports events. QSL was represented in this forum by Dr. Ahmed Khellil Abbassi, Executive Director of Competitions and Football Development, who discussed in one of the sessions the process of developing football leagues in Asia as well as Middle East region and its impact on technical levels, in addition to a presentation on the development strategy of QSL. Also in focus were the goals of QSL towards attaining new professional standards, raising the playing standards of all teams and delivering high-quality competitive football entertain ment. The discussions witnessed a lot of interactions and participation, and there was praise for the outstanding technical and professional levels of Qatar Stars League in the past seasons. QSL's participation in the forum came as part of its keenness to strengthen relations with various parties, exchange experience and learn about the latest developments related to football in the world, besides to participate in the game's development process in Asia and Middle East region. Source: Qatar News Agency

Aspire Academy Celebrates Graduation of 17th Batch

Doha: Aspire Academy will organize a graduation ceremony for the 17th batch of its student-athletes tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at the end of the current academic year 2023/2024. The ceremony will be held at the academys headquarters in Aspire Dome, in the presence of HE Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, who is also President of the Qatar Football Association (QFA), along with a number of personalities, federation presidents, managers, coaches, teachers and families of graduates. This year's batch of academy graduates includes 50 students from various disciplines and includes 26 student-athletes in football, 9 student-athletes in track and field, six student-athletes in football refereeing, four students in fencing, two students in swimming and the same in squash, and one student In table tennis. Source: Qatar News Agency