Paris, September 12 (QNA) – Qatar’s quest to promote Olympic ideals of sportsmanship, fair-play, integrity and bringing the world closer takes a step forward with the launch of ‘Save The Dream’ initiative which will “inspire the new generation of sportspersons to safeguard the integrity of sports”, Qatar’s key sports executive has said.
Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Secretary General HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, speaking at the sports symposium said, “QOC’s vision to become a leading nation in bringing the world together through sport, I am delighted to unveil the ‘Save the Dream’ initiative at the 2012 Sorbonne-ICSS Sport Integrity Symposium.
“This new programme, created in partnership with the ICSS, is designed to nuture sports core values in the youth of today and will hopefully inspire a new generation of athletes to safeguard the integrity of sport for years to come.”
The QOC launched the Save The Dream initiative here Tuesday to herald the opening of the 2012 Sorbonne-ICSS Sport Integrity Symposium.
Sheikh Saoud launched the programme alongside International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) President Mohammed Hanzab and Italian football star Alessandro del Piero.
This new initiative will see the QOC and ICSS collaborate to raise awareness among young athletes of fair-play maintaining the integrity of sport, the dangers and consequences of manipulating results by using unfair means.
A key part of the initiative is the creation of a panel comprising 11 high-profile athletes from different sports and regions around the world, as well as a multidisciplinary team composed of world-leading experts in education, communications, sport management and sport integrity. Alessandro will be Chairman of the project.
Speaking at the symposium, Mohammed Hanzab said, “Since its creation in 2010, the ICSS has been working hard to share knowledge and best practice with major event organisers, sports federations and host cities.
“This exciting, new collaboration with the QOC will bring together leading figures from the world of sport to share their invaluable knowledge and experiences with young athletes and children. I look forward to working closely with the QOC and Alessandro del Piero to deliver this unique programme and promote sport’s core values among the next generation of sporting champions.”
Alessandro del Piero said, “Protecting the credibility and integrity of sport is essential if we want to inspire a new generation of young people to take up sport. With many young athletes around the world hoping to emulate their sporting heroes, I hope that this programme will offer them the opportunity to meet their idols and understand what it takes to be champions on and off the field of play.”
The 2012 Sorbonne-ICSS Sport Integrity Symposium, taking place from the from the September 11 to 13 at the Paris Sorbonne University, is being jointly staged by the ICSS and Paris 1 University Pantheon-Sorbonne, with the official support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and is the first international event to support the global sporting community in its battle against corruption by sharing knowledge and enhancing current integrity strategies and processes.
Leading experts and entities in the world of sport – including National and International Sport Federations, Governments, International and Regional Organisations including United Nations Agencies, INTERPOL, the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as Non-Governmental Organisations, Academic Institutions, Betting Institutions, Legal and Anti-Corruption Experts and Law Enforcement – are exploring trends, challenges and solutions in the field of sport integrity at the symposium.
The ICSS is an international, non-profit institution that aims to help organizers host safely major sports events. The Centre’s mission is to improve security, safety and integrity in sport by addressing real issues and providing world-leading services, skills, networks and knowledge. (END)