Qatar readies for Rio 2016 summer Games with targeted sports strategies
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December 28 - The Qatar Olympic Committee's General Assembly gathered Monday at its headquarters to reconfirm the Heir Apparent and IOC member Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to be its chairman for the 2012-2016 Olympic Session.
The General Assembly also voted Sheikh Saoud Bin Ali Al Thani to be its deputy chairman and Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to continue as secretary general.
To start the meeting, the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani lauded the organization's members and the state's sports federation leaders for their tireless efforts in working from the grassroots to develop the athletic talent needed to achieve and maintain success in all sporting endeavors.
The bulk of the meeting was spent developing a Sport Sector's Strategy (SSS) for the upcoming Olympic Session, which is just one part of the National Development Strategy 2011-2016 aimed at fulfilling Qatar's National Vision 2030. Three aims were devised: increasing the community's participation in sport; improving the integration of sports and various specialized facilities; and improving the process of building and managing the nation's athletic talent.
These goals are to be met by instituting five different projects:
1. A participation survey project.
2. An active campaign project.
3. Drafting a national plan for the integration of sports and recreational facilities.
4. A sample project to attract and build better athletes.
5. A strategic management project for coaches and technical officials.
The General Assembly then chose which upcoming athletic tournaments it would take part in to prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro: the 2013 Islamic Solidarity tournament in Indonesia; the 2013 Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China; the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea; the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China; and the 2015 Arab Games in Beirut.
Before the meeting, the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani presented certificates of appreciation and International Olympic Committee pins to track and field athlete Mutaz Essa Barshim and shooter Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah for winning two bronze medals for Qatar in the 30th Summer Olympic Games in London.
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