QOC reaffirms commitment to Olympic Movement for refugees’ better future
The State of Qatar, through Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), has taken practical measures to communicate its commitment to support and assist refugees around the world with a significant donation to the Olympic Movement.
The donation was signed on Sunday during the IOC Executive Board meeting. Speaking at the ceremony, H.E. Sheikh Joaan Hamad Al-Thani , President of the QOC said: “The QOC is a passionate believer in the power of sport to transform lives. We are committed to supporting the IOC in the valuable work that they are doing to improve the quality of life of displaced and disadvantaged young people around the world. We hope that our contribution will help to raise the profile of the impact of sport as a tool for peace and an inclusive society, and spread the spirit of solidarity and hope. The Refugee Team was a symbol of hope at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and with this donation, the QOC hopes to safeguard the bond forged between the Olympic Movement and refugees.”
QOC’s recent donation is driven from the organisation’s central value, to become a global leader in bringing the world together through sustainable sport development, and support for displaced people is an essential part of this. There are a number of such initiative already in works, including Shine, IOC/WADA research fund, Legends football match, OCA MoU for Aspire Academy training camps.
The ambassador of the State of Qatar in Germany, H.E. Sheikh Saoud Al Thani, who is also the former secretary general of the QOC, added: “Qatar has been committed to help refugees for a long time, and this is just one of the many examples of our unrelenting support. We believe in the power of sport to transform lives and this is just one of multiple contributions that we have made over recent years to positively influence the lives of young people around the world through sport.”
The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organised, universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism. The goal of the movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised in accordance with Olympism and its values.