BEING a nation driven by sports ambitions, Qatar has always been at the forefront when it comes to spotting young talents and nurturing them to full potential.
That was why the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) joined hands with ASPIRE Academy four years ago to develop an athlete development project.
With Aspire being the country’s breeding ground of talents, it was quite apt that the QOC sought its help in embarking on a programme primarily aimed at providing strategic direction and identifying the key initiatives of sports sector.
Aspire was entrusted with the task of preparing an athlete development pathway Kun Riyadi (Be An Athlete) project model which falls within the framework of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.
The project was meant to include structured pathways for athlete development from birth to retirement, providing a framework to allow optimal progression in order to maximise athlete potential and engagement in sport. It is also a mechanism by which developmental stages are identified and appropriate opportunities are provided to ensure maximum potential for performance.
A major milestone was achieved on Tuesday as the ASPIRE Academy Director General Ivan Bravo formally handed over the Kun Riyadi project model to QOC Secretary General Dr Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari in the presence of many dignitaries, including Aspire Zone Foundation CEO Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi as well as Ambassadors of Austria, France and the Netherlands.
“We thank QOC and its President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani for trusting Aspire Academy to partner with this project. We had support and co-operation from every federation and we’re proud of the work that has gone into this research model. To ensure the project bears fruit and goes with Qatar’s sporting goals, now the implementation needs to be done,” said Bravo.
The proposed development pathway is a very key element of the country’s Sports Sector Strategy, thereby forming a direct link to the National Vision 2030.
To begin with, the QOC initially plans to implement the pathway in three to five federations and then spread it to others.
“We’re grateful to the ASPIRE Academy for the great effort it has taken in initiating this ambitious project. At QOC, we’re all excited and getting ready to implement the project stage-by-stage. First, we’ll introduce it in three-to-five federations, the names of which will be disclosed later. And then, we’ll gradually implement it among others. This project is the Pride of Qatar and I hope to see the results soon,” said Al Kuwari.