Doha, Qatar: Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Texas Health – Dallas organisation (THR). The MoU sets for a strategic partnership to create a joint Center of Excellence focused on research, training, performance and sports medicine in the United States, which shall expand the mission and goals of both organisations.
The MoU was signed at Aspetar’s headquarters in Doha by Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, CEO of Aspetar, and Dr. Steven Singleton, Chief Medical Officer at THR.
“We are extremely proud that US THR is interested to collaborate with us to establish an Aspetar-like orthopaedic hospital in Texas, which is a new indication of the proficient level that Aspetar has reached in the field of sports medicine and the international reputation it has gained through its unique expertise,” said Mohammed Khalifa Al-Suwaidi, CEO of AZF and Director General of Aspetar.
“We see this collaboration as another sign of the strong and deep relationship between Qatar and the USA on different levels, and the timing couldn’t be better with Qatar hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and North Texas being a site for matches when the US hosts the World Cup in 2026. For us, this collaboration furthers our progress towards achieving AZF vision to become the Reference in Sports Excellence World-wide by 2020,” Al Suwaidi added.
“We’re committed to advancing our sports medicine programme in North Texas and are excited about what the future holds for athletes in the area,” said Dr. Steven Singleton, Chief Medical Officer for Texas Health Resources and a physician with Texas Health Physicians Group. “An organisation like Aspire has a strong track record of sports-medicine research, education and advanced orthopaedic treatments within an internationally-recognised programme.”
The MoU paves the way for three core elements of collaboration through the new affiliation: A Research Programme to advance the science of sports medicine and to promote and propagate the services of the CoE; An Outreach/Sports Performance Programme designed to provide services to and meet the unique but related needs of professional athletes and teams, and collegiate and high school athletes; and Clinical Services needed to support the research, outreach and sports performance programmes.
Thomas Donohue, the President and CEO of US Chamber of Commerce also joined the delegation in a tour of Aspetar on Tuesday. The delegation also included Khush Chosky, SVP and Head of Middle East Programme at US Chamber of Commerce, Chris Roberti, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President at US Chamber of Commerce, Steve Lutes, Director Middle East Programme at US Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Donohue Jr, Founder and CEO of Adelphi Capital and Gareth Moore, VP of Adelphi Capital.