Under the patronage of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani inaugurated yesterday evening the Doha GOALS Forum 2014.
The opening ceremony was attended by President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba, a number of their excellencies Sheikhs and Ministers, members of diplomatic corps accredited to Qatar and guests.
HE the Prime Minister delivered a speech in which he welcomed the attendees of the forum to Doha, capital of sports and athletes, and conveyed the greetings of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and His Highness’s wishes of successful efforts for the forum’s participants.
In his opening remarks, HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani commended the efforts of Aspire Academy, and its recent achievement when the youth team, who graduated from this Academy, won AFC U-19 Championship.
“The Academy is now hosting this diverse crowd of global leaders and decision-makers who believe in sports as a tool to achieve social progress and, economic development,” His Excellency added.
“Over a short period of time, the Doha GOALS Foundation succeeded in becoming a global organization, and this makes us proud of our strategic national vision, which sport is one of its pillars,” HE the Prime Minister said, pointing to investment undertaken by Qatar in all that can ensure a suitable environment for fair competitions, safe and healthy living and unique hospitality.
HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister pointed out that remarkable participation by their excellencies leaders in this forum reflected the importance attached by countries of the world to initiatives put forward by sport and to successful stories by sport legends, hoping that Qatar succeeds in choosing sport as a tool for the convergence of the views of political opponents and racial-ethnic adversaries.
Concluding his remarks, HE the Prime Minister wished the participants good stay in Qatar and appreciated their valuable efforts to make the forum a success.
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