DOHA, September 07, 2015 - The Aspire Academy and the Qatar Athletics Federation (QAF) have
joined hands to develop the sport of track and field over the course
of next four years, officials from the two parties said on Sunday.
An MoU to this effect was signed by officials of Aspire Academy and QAF.
According to details, both parties will push for enhancing the skills
of Qatari youngsters and helping coaches in improving their teaching
Last November Ivan Bravo, Director General of Aspire Academy, welcomed
former student-athlete and Qatar’s Olympic Games star high jumper
Mutaz Aissa Barsham and his coach Stanisław Szczyrba at the auditorium
of the Academy to sign a sponsorship agreement.
Sunday's meeting between officials of Aspire Academy and QAF
underlines intentions of both sides aiming to 'facilitate
opportunities to exchange expertise and experience within an
integrated system that benefits coaches and players'.
Following the meeting, Aspire Academy and QAF agreed to accelerate the
development of track and field in Qatar.
John Nuttall, Head Coach of Athletics at Aspire Academy, said: "The
objective of this collaboration is to support athletics in Qatar and
ensure that the athletes who participate in it are able to compete
within the top ranks in upcoming local, regional and international
championships. This can only be achieved through the cooperation of
all involved parties, and this collaboration is a step in the right
direction to achieve that”.
Nuttal said Aspire Academy has some of the world’s most advanced
sports science technologies and facilities that could help Qatar's
young athletes improve their performance at top events around the
He further said the aims of the MoU is 'to increase Qatar’s
participation in athletics and enable Qatari athletes to participate
in and win different athletics championships such as the IAAF and IPC
2017 World Championships in London and the 2019 IAAF World
Championships in Doha.'
"The Aspire Academy’s has made strides in sports science and its
significant contribution to developing the Academy’s programs and
curricula, which are focused on nurturing athletic performance,"
Salah El-Dine Shabouh, Head Coach of U-18 Teams at QAF, said: “Group
work is the most ideal way to achieve success, particularly in the
field of sports and Aspire Academy has the capabilities to develop
coaches and athletes professionally."
El-Dine added: "The collaboration between QAF and Aspire Academy aims
to strengthen Qatari sport in general and athletics in particular. The
cooperation between coaches from both sides will involve an exchange
of expertise that will result in providing the best tools and methods
to best train athletes to represent Qatar.”