POSTED: November 7th 2012

Aspire4Sport: Connecting business and sports

The Aspire Dome / Qatar Tourism
The Aspire Dome / Qatar Tourism

N GANESH / Doha Stadium Plus

November 7 - The third edition of the Aspire4Sport Congress and Expo, to be held at the Aspire Dome from Monday to Thursday, is sure to turn the world’s focus to Qatar yet again.

The world-class congress provides leading sports personalities, managers and decision-makers with a platform to deliver informative, opportunity-driven and versatile content as well as discuss the latest trends and technologies in the world of sports.

The event will also offer leading industry experts the opportunity to share and debate the latest breakthroughs in sports science and sports medicine.

The latest edition will witness three unique conference programmes — Aspire-Build (on infrastructure and stadium development), Aspire-Tech (on technology and sport) and Aspire-Med (on sports science and medicine).

Aspire4Sport Executive Director Ward Abdallah told Doha Stadium Plus that the response to the latest edition, held under the slogan ‘Connecting Business & Sport’, had been overwhelming.

“More than 150 exhibitors have confirmed their entries for this year’s expo, a 40 per cent increase from last edition. We’ll have a huge international presence, with UK Trade and Investment and UB France sure to turn up. We’re also glad to have the presence of the UAE Olympic Committee and Public Works Ministry of the State of Kuwait, who’ll be making their maiden visit,” said Ward.

Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee Secretary General Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi, Qatar Rail CEO Saad Ahmed Al Mohannadi and Liverpool FC Managing Director Ian Ayre are some of the key speakers.

Former Liverpool managers Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez, Real Madrid ex-sports director Pedrag Mijatovic, Spanish football greats Fernando Hierro and Raul Gonzalez, currently with Al Sadd, and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and London ’12 super heavyweight Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua are some of the leading names to attend the Star Chats as well as celebrity discussions.

To enhance its popularity, the organisers have decided to open the Star Chats to public this time.

It is also learnt that Dutch football great Boudewijn Zenden, and former Portuguese star Fernando Couto, along with a few other big names, will spice it up with an El Clasico, featuring several more former Barcelona and Real Madrid greats at the Evening Entertainment on Tuesday.

Youth academies of Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool will host a series of football clinics. Former Liverpool FC great Ian Rush will be on hand to facilitate a number of them.

Meanwhile, the congress will also present a platform for B2B meetings.

On the platform, one can search for potential clients, suppliers or partners and request for B2B meetings with as many participants, even though only one meeting request per participant is allowed.

“It’s one of the strong features this year. We’ve a networking tool on our website ( We’ve already assigned 30 to 35 B2B meetings so far and have demands for another 200 between different organisations,” said Ward.

The Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Football Association and Qatar ’22 Supreme Committee, meanwhile, will share the stage and discuss the ways to promote sports tourism.

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