Mohammed bin Rashid attends Olympic Creativity Workshop

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today attended the Olympic Creativity Workshop organised by the National Olympic Committee in collaboration with the General Sports Authority.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman Of Dubai Sports Council HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Deputy Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; President of the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC) HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of discussions to identify the UAE’s strengths in various sectors. Such discussions can further improve the performance of various sectors in the country, as well as

ensure the highest quality of outcomes in various spheres of life including sports.

Speaking to participants of the Olympic Creativity Workshop, Sheikh Mohammed said that supporting the sports sector is a top priority of the government as part of its drive to be among the leading nations in the world. He highlighted the high-quality sports infrastructure that exists across the country and the continuous training provided to athletes across various sporting disciplines to enable them to be champions.

Vice President of the NOC Humaid Al Qatami briefed His Highness about the various topics discussed at the

Workshop, which included strategic planning, financial support, technical issues in sports, communication and sports marketing, external representation, sports and talent scouting, enterprises and sports infrastructure, health and  anti-dumping protection, knowledge and training, and programmes and events.

Al Qatami said that the objectives of the Olympic Creativity Workshop are in line with the directives of the leadership to invest in human resources and enhance the health and happiness of people. He also said that the NOC is keen to organise such events to improve the skills and capabilities of national athletes. The Workshop, he said, is an ideal platform for such

discussions.

The Workshop, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, saw the participation of prominent sports figures and NOC members, as well as heads of sports federations.

Key recommendations of the Olympic Creativity Workshops included the participation of banks and corporate organisations, the establishment of an Olympic village, the design of a model for technical analysis of Olympic athletes, and the setting up a national Olympic plan for 2021-2028.  Other recommendations included the creation of a national communication committee as part of the NOC.

The Workshop also discussed the importance of supporting people of determination and including them in health and fitness programmes.

The Olympic Creativity Workshop was attended by Olympic gold medalist Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum; Chairman of the UAE Sailing And Rowing Federation Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Saqr Al Nehayan; Chief of the Board of Directors and President of the UAE Fencing Federation and member of the NOC Eng. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi; President of the Emirates Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi; Member of the Board of Directors of the UAE Volleyball Association

Shaikha Shamsa bint Hasher Al Maktoum and Second Vice President of the NOC Mohammed Al Mahmoud.

On the sidelines of the Workshop, the NOC, represented by Vice President of the NOC and President of the NOC’s Executive Committee Humaid Al Qatami, signed a number of agreements, including an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters represented by its Supreme Sports Committee and chaired by Brigadier Khalifa Butti Al Shamsi. Other agreeements were signed with Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), represented by Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the KHDA; and the American University in the Emirates,

represented by President of the University Prof. Muthanna G. Abdul Razzaq; apart from the Infinity Sports Company and the Fit Group.

The NOC also honoured a number of UAE athletes including shooter Khalid Al Kabi, cyclist Yousif Mirza, discus throwing champion Fatima Al Hussani, and athletics champion Widad Ibrahim, in addition to Sharjah Sports Council for its role in the success of Emirati Children’s Day, which was organised in partnership with the NOC. Members of the executive committee were also honoured for their participation in the National Sports Day initiative.

 

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