Doha, Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) celebrated on Thursday its 40th Anniversary in a ceremony held at Kempinski Doha Hotel.
In a speech during the ceremony, HE President of QOC Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomed the guests, pointing that the founding of QOC has contributed to drawing the sports development rout in the State of Qatar, thanks to the efforts made by HH the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who announced founding the QOC on March 14, 1979.
"Since that day, sports in Qatar have been steadily advancing under the leadership of the its presidents who lead the Qatari sports movement and undertook the continuation of its march with confidence, competence and efficiency that have had a great impact on the development of the Olympic movement, followed by an important milestone when HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Assumed the Presidency of Qatar Olympic Committee in December 2000, which marked a turning point in the history of Qatari sport," said HE Sheikh Joaan.
"Doha has become beacon of pride, thanks to the guidance and directives of HH the Amir, who has established Qatar's status globally, and made sport one of the important factors in the pillars of sustainable development of the country," His Excellency added, praising the efforts of the champions, who exerted their efforts over the past decades, and achieved the best continental and international achievements that put Qatar in its current leading sport position.
HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani went on saying: "Over 40 years, the Qatar Olympic Committee has made accomplishments in various fields and at all levels. QOC has made a quantum leap in sports work and has had an active presence in continental and international forums and in various sports events and competitions in which Qatari athletes participated and won several titles and medals".
HE QOC President said that with the outstanding presence of the State of Qatar, the great development of its sports infrastructure, and the world-class sports facilities, Doha has deserved to be named the capital of sport, as it organized major international tournaments that strengthened the sporting status of the State of Qatar. In addition, QOC has received numerous accolades and awards in various sectors and has instilled a number of concepts through slogans such as Sports for Life, he added.
HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani concluded his speech affirming QOC's keenness and commitment to achieving the objectives of promoting and developing the Olympic Movement in Qatar and developing it in accordance with the Olympic Charter in addition to advancing with its strategy in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
HE QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani honored HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Thani as the first QOC President.
HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Fahad Al-Thani was also honored as the former QOC President as well as a number of senior athletes and former QOC Secretary Generals. These include Mohammed bin Humam Al Abdulla, Yousef Ahmed Al Sa'ai, Rashed bin Haseen Al Nuaimi, Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad, HE Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al-Thani, HE Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari and HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
The awardees also included the first Qatari winner of an Olympic medal Mohammed Sulaiman, Paralympics Rio 2016 winner Abdulraham Abdulqadir and Paralympics Rio 2016 winner Sarah Masoud.
HE QOC's Secretary General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain expressed delight for meeting the awardees on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the committee. His Excellency said with this day QOC has completed 40 years, which is a path that witnessed many proud sporting achievements, due to the outstanding role it has played since its inception in promoting the Olympic Movement and in all kinds of sports, and hosting many of events and major sports tournaments that made Qatar the capital of sport.
He said the occasion celebrates the ongoing successes and developments, till the committee has had accumulated experience towards the achieving sustainable sports development. His Excellency then expressed thanks and appreciation to all former QOC staff since its inception in 1979 to this day.
QOC strategy which was launched in 2017 and extends until 2022, comes from national priorities which aims to achieve three main outcomes: increasing sports in the community, reviving Olympic values and ensuring sports excellence locally and internationally, he added.
His Excellency said in order to achieve these goals, a strategic map has been prepared that represents a path for the QOC and for the sports federations and committees to achieve the goals set.
HE Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain said this strategy is based on institutional values of appreciation, quality, trust, responsibility, development and creativity.
His Excellency said QOC confident that there is no guarantee for the success of the strategy and reaching the desired results without the concerted efforts of each of the QOC members, the efforts of federations and sports committees and all local and international partners.
His Excellency said QOC reaffirms its commitment to complete its path and looks forward to excellence under the guidance of HE QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani. Since the past 40 years have been very impressive, QOC is confident that the next phase will witness further achievements and Qatar sports will remain a leading forum in various platforms in support of Qatar National Vision 2030.
The celebration of the 40th anniversary of QOC included a discussion panel with the participation of HE QOC President Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani former QOC secretary general and Qatar's Ambassador to Germany, Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad IAAF vice president, HE Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari second vice president of QOC and deputy chairman of Asian Olympic council and HE QOC's Secretary General Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain. (QNA)
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee