Sports economics forum to conclude

Manama, The Scientific Research Forum in Sports Economics will come to a close on Saturday with three key sessions at Wyndham GrandHotel at Bahrain Bay, in Manama.

The event is organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) and is part of the Nasser bin Hamad Scientific Research Award in the field of sports, launched in 2012 by His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Chairman, and BOC President.

Leading sports experts from around the Arab world are attending this frist-of-its-kind three-day forum, which aims to find investment sources in sports in general, in addition to investing in sports facilities and initiate real estate development to attract world-class championships. Finding new talents and identifying certain challenges, such as marketing value, privatization of objectives through cooperation with the private sector are among other key objectives of this gathering.

Saturday's final sessions are scheduled to commence at 9am, when Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and Deputy Director General, Knowledge and Human Development Authority Dr Ahmed bin Saad Al Sharif of the UAE presents his key notes on the influence of sport on international economics income.

Late on, Dr Wesam Al Shaikhli of Iraq and Dr Ammar Al Rifai of Saudi Arabia will deliver the final presentation.

Al Shaikhli, President of the Iraqi Academy of Sciences, will speak about the importance of sports medicine in selection of talents, while Vice Dean of BusinessFaculty at King Abdulaziz University and supervisor of Master programme in Sports Administration Al Rifai is discussing the monopoly of telecasting rights in the Middle East.

Friday's programme included the Scientific Committee meeting, after which then the participants and guests were treated to an open tour around some of Bahrain's historic and well-known land marks.

The forum got underway on Thursday with presentations from Dr Mohamed Sobhi Hassanein, Head of the Physical Education Sector at the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities in Egypt, Jordan Olympic Committee vice-president Dr Sari Hamdan and Saudi Arabia's Emeritus professor & former director of Pediatric Exercise Physiology Research Lab at King Saud University Dr Hazzaa bin Mohammed Al Hazzaa.

Source: Bahrain News Agency