The Generation Amazing (GA) will be a foundation and continue to unlock human potential, announced HE Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary-General of Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Annual Youth Festival 2022 of GA yesterday.
“Generation Amazing is now officially a foundation that will continue to empower and unlock human potential and will cement its role as a centre for youth excellence and leadership around the world for many years to come,” he explained.
The inaugural ceremony of Festival 2022 was attended by HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation; HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad al-Thani; Gianni Infantino, president, FIFA, and a number of other dignitaries. “We have reached 1mn young people across the world since the inception of Generation Amazing, a promise and key goal we made during our bid. And as we look to the future as a foundation, we pledge to expand this reach and number even further. This time last year, Generation Amazing was proud to support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host the first match for the Afghan women’s team since their evacuation from Kabul delivering a coach, a coaching certification programme and providing a safe space for them to thrive. That is the essence of Generation Amazing,” al-Thawai explained.
“Now, in 31 days, when we host the final match at Lusail Stadium and when the last ball is kicked and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 champion is crowned, that will be the final day of World Cup 2022. It will serve as a launch pad for Generation Amazing legacy. Your inspiring stories will continue to be written over the coming years and decades,” continued, the SC official.
The youth festival is the first-ever sport for development and cultural exchange programme of its kind to take place ahead of a FIFA World Cup. More than 300 students selected from local and international schools to represent 32 countries, have travelled to Qatar to take part in a week-long festival comprising of football for development, workshops and activities.
Speaking on the occasion, Infantino said that GA is not just programme but an amazing one. “Generation Amazing is exactly the kind of projects we want to see all over the world to be taken from Qatar. You are all an amazing generation, everyone of you from all over the world, from the 32 participating countries, as well as from other countries. You have already been part of the Generation Amazing programme from Brazil to Haiti to Lebanon to India to Philippines among others. There are many more countries, of course to come and to follow, to combine football, education, passion, future and hope,” he noted. Syrian American pianist and composer Malek Jandali delivered the keynote address at the event and famous British footballer David Beckham gave a video message. Several of the youth ambassadors of the GA programme presented their experiences that enabled them to be better individuals and help the communities in their respective countries. The programme also saw several performances by participating students.
A performance by the famous Ghetto Kids dance group at the opening ceremony.
Some of the youth ambassadors at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Annual Youth Festival 2022 of GA. PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam.
HE Hassan al-Thawadi