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Conference discusses contribution, tasks

QATAR hosted the first conference on “Women and Sport: From Past to Future” at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) last week.

The event was held under the patronage of HE Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and Qatar Women’s Sport Committee.

The two-day conference brought together experts and academics from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Syria, the UAE and several European countries apart from the host nation.

They discussed women’s contribution to sports and the challenges that they face, from an Arab region’s perspective. The conference was streamed live on the MIA’s official Facebook page.

Doha 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid CEO Noora Al Mannai said, “Getting more girls and women to participate in sports in the region is important. With innovative thinking, new investment and a commitment to embrace change, real progress can be achieved. This is one of the main ambitions of our ’20 bid,” she said.

“If Doha was to be given the honour of becoming the Host City for the Games in ’20, this would represent a major boost to the development of women’s sports in the Middle East. It would be a real legacy for the region. The conference allowed many insights and ideas to be shared and discussed, and helped push the agenda of women’s sports forward, not just in Qatar but across the Arab world and beyond,” she added.

Qatar Museums Authority Board of Trustees Chairperson HE Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and MIA CEO Abdullah Al Najjar, among others, attended the opening session last Sunday.