LODNON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The first summit of sports ministers will meet on December 9 to explore ideas for developing a G20 agenda on sport during the second annual Doha GOALS Forum, to be held on December 9-11 at the Aspire Academy in Doha.
The debate will take place on the first day of the global Forum with Sports Ministers from more than 20 countries and regions, including South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Italy. The summit will be chaired by Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali, Minister of Youth and Sports in Qatar, and facilitated by Mandelson, Chairman of Global Counsel and former EU Trade Commissioner, and Richard Attias, executive producer of Doha GOALS and executive chairman of Richard Attias & Associates.
Al Ali said: "We look forward to hosting more than 20 Ministers of Sport in Doha. We look forward to sharing ideas on how government departments can integrate sport into economic, social, education and health policy, as well as discussing how we can collaborate better across borders to promote transparency in sport and to fight corruption."
The theme for the Summit is Integrity in Sport, focusing on the promotion of fairness and equality in sports. The discussion aims to create the first ever Ministers of Sport Agenda, which will be presented to the Doha GOALS community during the official opening session in front of heads of state and VIPs.
As well as the Summit's closed sessions, which organizers hope will lead to new policy commitments from the ministers present, there will also be sessions open to observers, taking contributions from the private sector, civil society, government leaders and NGOs.
Among guest participants will also include Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations and Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahd Al Saud, President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee.
The Summit will cover a wide variety of issues including how countries can develop equal opportunities to participate and progress in sport; how to use sporting events to drive economic growth and reform; and how sport can drive technological innovation and boost investment in digital infrastructure.
Mandelson, who will lead some of the Summit discussions, said: "The Ministers of Sport Summit is a significant development in trying to create policy to form the basis of an emerging G20 agenda on sport. Doha GOALS has proved to be an important platform for addressing sport's role in many countries' national growth strategies."
Attias said: "Sport should be an integral component of economic, education and health policy - the benefits and momentum that sport can bring are wide-ranging, whether it is increased participation for young children, or sport as a tool for urban regeneration. We are delighted to host so many Ministers, of which many are from African countries and emerging markets, to share ideas on how sport can contribute to economic growth and social progress."
Now in its second year, Doha GOALS is the world's leading platform focusing on sport as a driver of social and economic change. Sporting legends already set to speak at Doha GOALS 2013 include Olympic gold-medalist Michael Johnson, Jonathan Edwards and Pamela Jelimo, gold-medal winning gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner; triple Paralympic high jump champion, Hou Bin, six-time Grand Slam tennis winner Boris Becker and indoor 800 and 1000 meters world record holder Wilson Kipketer.
Fight against corruption in sport to be headline debate at Doha GOALS 2013
LONDON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Ronald Flanagan, Chairman of the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit, and Cherie Blair, Chair of Omnia Strategy (UK), will be part of an expert panel discussing corruption in sport at Doha GOALS 2013, a press release said here on Wednesday.
The debate will take place on the second day of the global Forum, which is the world's leading platform focusing on sport as a driver of social and economic change, held on December 9-11 at the Aspire Academy in Doha. Full story