By Sports Reporter/Doha
Doha 2030 yesterday hosted regional virtual workshops for National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in which they sought to demonstrate how Doha 2030 will belong to all of Asia in a celebration of excellence and diversity.
The workshops have been developed to maximise the opportunity for two-way discussions with NOCs who are encouraged to provide feedback and input. Taking into account time difference and language, NOCs were grouped into three workshops according to the following OCA zones: East Asia and South East Asia, South and Central Asia, and West Asia.
The workshops were facilitated by Doha 2030 Chairman HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani. During the workshop, the team provided a summary of Doha 2030’s sustainable, world-class Games plan, which guarantees NOCs and their athletes certainty of the very best conditions and a welcoming, inclusive environment.
The bid also promises to use the legacy of the Doha 2006 Asian Games to give back to Asia with a number of immediate legacy projects, which only Doha can legitimately provide. The Doha 2030 team explained during the workshops how these legacy programmes will begin from the first quarter of 2021 and run through to 2030, allowing NOCs to overcome existing challenges and build their best teams for the Games.
Sheikh Joaan said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet with our Asian NOC colleagues and friends and have a two-way conversation about our bid. At Doha 2030 we are committed to incorporating the feedback of the NOC family into our plans, every step of the way. These workshops are just the latest example of that and are a chance to hear NOC feedback before our final presentation in Oman. If we have the honour of being awarded the Asian Games this process of collaboration will of course continue through and beyond 2030.
“As we have always made clear, our ambition is for Doha 2030 to unite Asian NOCs and celebrate our continent’s wonderful diversity. We are stronger when we are together and when we support and respect each other. In Doha, we have a lot of experience we are ready to share but we also value and recognise all that we can learn from our brothers and sisters in the OCA family. We will take all that on board so that we deliver a truly Asian, Asian Games, where every NOC benefits and where we all belong.”
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