City, March 12, 2009: The first Olympic Council of Asia Sport
Congress got underway in the Arraya Ballroom of the Courtyard
Marriott Hotel on Thursday morning.
The OCA President, H.E.
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, outlined the six themes of the
three-day congress, and said the findings would be passed on to the
IOC Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, in October.
activities growing rapidly, the time was right to hold a congress to
decide the road forward, Sheikh Ahmad said, and the main points to be
addressed would include sports science, the role of women in sport
and sports marketing.
The OCA President described Kuwait as
"the second home" for all its affiliated National Olympic
Committees, as it was the hub of Asian sport with a new headquarters,
Olympia, inaugurated the previous evening.
"It is a great
honour for us here in Kuwait to host the first Sport Congress in
Asia," Sheikh Ahmad said in his welcome address.
President Dr. Jacques Rogge began his address by praising the
inauguration ceremony of Olympia on Wednesday night.
was a splendid ceremony with a fantastic backdrop of the new OCA HQ
and under a full moon...I am sure it made Asia and the whole Olympic
movement very proud," said Dr. Rogge.
He also recalled
his comments at a press conference after the Athens Olympics in 2004
when he described Asia as a rising super power in world sports due to
the efforts of the likes of China, Japan and Korea.
was confirmed in Beijing," he added, "with 212 Olympic
medals won by 19 NOCs in Asia."
Dr. Rogge said that a
large population helped Asia's cause, but this would not produce
results alone without good organisation and support from all 45
He described the organisation within the OCA as
"dynamic", and that "great leadership" and unity
had helped move Asia forward on the world stage.
Commission Director Dr. Reza Gharakhanlou provided details of the
Congress, which will involve a series of workshops in four halls.
said 315 scientific papers had been received from 17 Asian NOCs, and
53 had been selected for presentation here. In addition there would
be 12 poster presentations and 74 invited experts, making around 130
presentations in total over three days.
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