Doha: Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima and his accompanying delegation visited Aspetar, the orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital in Qatar, and Aspire Academy, an elite sports institution dedicated to developing young athletes, last Wednesday.
Tashima, who is also a member of the FIFA Council, and his associates were welcomed by senior officials from Aspetar. The delegation was briefed about the services the hospital provides to athletes and taken for a comprehensive tour of Aspetar’s facilities, including the Sports Surgery Training Centre (SSTC), media imaging, rehab facilities, orthopaedic surgery centre, the Altitude Dormitory and west expansion departments.
Tashima was thoroughly impressed with the facilities and said Aspetar had provided Asia and the world with a model to follow.
“It's an impressive facility, attracting many top international athletes, especially footballers, who come from all over the world for surgery, rehabilitation and medical consultation,” said Tashima. “In Japan, we hope to construct a similar facility. It is not easy, but Aspetar has provided Asia and the world with an excellent model to follow. It is known around the world as a top sports medicine hospital and I am proud to be able to say we have such a hospital in Asia.”
He added that the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences would consider cooperation opportunities with Aspetar and Aspire Academy.
Tashima also took a tour of the Aspire Academy’s premises and sports science laboratories, including its new extension building, the state-of-the-art Football Performance Centre, which is still under construction.
Speaking about the Football Performance Centre, Tashima said: “I guarantee this Football Performance Centre will be the best of its kind in the world. It is amazing. I’m sure it will benefit Aspire Academy’s young footballers and the QFA’s national teams in the years leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and beyond.”