Olympic Committees

Ahmed Bin Mohammed leads UAE delegation at GCC Heads of Olympic Committees meeting

The 34th meeting of the heads of the Olympic Committees of the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on Friday. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC), led the UAE delegation.

The UAE delegation consisted of H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhul Al Falasi, First Deputy President of the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC) and Chairman of the Executive Office; members of the Executive Office, H.E. Eng. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi and Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi; Azza bint Sulaiman, Assistant Secretary General for Administrative and Financial Affairs of the UAE National Olympic Committee; and Mohammed Al Qahtani, Head of Commercial Affairs of the UAE Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, Saudi Minister of Sports and President of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SOPC), opened the meeting in the presence of H.E. Dr Nayef Falah M. Al Hajraf, Secretary General of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council.

The meeting discussed a number of issues and approved changing the name of the Gulf Sports Dispute Resolution Authority to the GCC Sports Arbitration Body, headquartered in Bahrain. Officials attending the meeting thanked the UAE National Olympic Committee, led by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed, for committing to host the first GCC Youth Games in 2023. The meeting also endorsed a number of GCC sports tournaments to be held in various GCC countries.

The meeting also highlighted the importance of promoting women’s participation in all sports tournaments and increasing the number of women’s sports competitions in the GCC region.

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