Doha, Qatar: Dr Celeste Geertsema, a Sports Medicine Physician at Qatar’s orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital Aspetar, was selected as a FIFA Venue Medical Officer for the World Cup in Russia. From June 8 until July 8, Geertsema will provide medical care for the FIFA delegation and oversee the medical facilities and doping control process.
Geertsema will be the first female FIFA Venue Medical Officer at a World Cup. Previously, Geertsema became the first-ever female Team Physician at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when she went there as part of the New Zealand national team delegation. She was also selected as the FIFA Venue Medical Officer at the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups and FIFA General Medical Officer for the Under-17 Women’s World Cups in 2012, 2014 and 2016. More recently, she was a Games Group member at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games.
Exposing Aspetar staff to such events equips them with unparalleled experience in servicing major events, which is particularly important for Qatar as the country readies itself to host the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships Doha 2019 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
Similarly, representing Aspetar’s business and its expertise at major international sports events helps to expand the hospital’s network and cement its reputation as a FIFA and International Olympic Committee (IOC)-accredited Research Centre of Excellence. This falls in line with the hospital’s vision of becoming a global leader in sports medicine and exercise science by 2020.