POSTED: May 4th 2011

QOC earns IOC Sport and Environment award for green practices

The opening of the meeting  / lake images
The opening of the meeting / lake images

LAURA WALDEN in DOHA / Sports Features Communications

DOHA, May 04: The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) won the IOC Sport and Environment award for a NOC in recognition of its revolutionary work in sport for sustainability practices to protect the environment.

The Heir Apparent HH Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al-Thani, QOC president and IOC member said as he accepted the prize, “Sports and the environment are linked. It is a sign of healthy relation. As the environment is one of the four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, the Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani has donated $150 million for research and development in this field in the wake of the threat of global warming.”

IOC president, Dr. Jacques Rogge, added, “The QOC is at the forefront of the regional effort to improve the climate around the world. It has taken the message of protecting the environment through sports with the help of vigilant communities.”

The IOC president also congratulated Qatar on winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the significance of bringing the most elite event in world football to the Middle East for the first time.

The Qatari bid featured a series of avant garde stadia with special cooling systems to lower the temperature in the stands and on the pitch. The system is devised to use a water cooling system to lower the temperature of the air.

Keywords · IOC · QOC · Jacques Rogge · Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al-Thani

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