Spotlight on sustainability in sports at Josoor Institute course
November 04 2014 11:19 PM
Speakers and delegates at Josoor Institute’s course.
Speakers and delegates at Josoor Institute’s course.



A panel of renowned experts met at the Aspire Academy in Doha today to deliver a Josoor Institute course focusing on creating sustainability for sports and major events in Qatar, the Middle East and North Africa (Mena). Titled ‘Sustainability for Sports & Major Events’, the course is attended by over 70 delegates from Qatar and the region, including FAs of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen and Tunis.

This introductory two-day course, hosted during the Doha GOALS Forum, examines sustainability for sports and major events from an environmental, social and economic perspective.

It also examines the global implications facing sports and events practitioners in the region. As Qatar looks to host more international events building up to the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and continuing with its drive for sustainable stadia design, the course draws global and regional best practice to one platform.

Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup focused heavily on sustainability and the environment, and the country is already a leading example when it comes to sustainable design. T

he venues that will be used for the World Cup can be a shining example of how sustainability can be applied to large sporting stadia. In this context, a case study titled ‘Achieving the gold standard in the creation of a sustainable venue’ was presented on the first day of the course highlighting the Qatar National Convention Centre, one of the country’s largest venues, which was built according to LEED gold-certification standards, setting a new benchmark when it opened in 2011.

Speakers delivering sessions over the two days include Tamim El Abed, Lusail Stadium Manager at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, who spoke about the vision for a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable Lusail precinct.

Simon Lewis of Team Planet Sports, defined the meaning of sustainability and delivered a case study along with Meegan Jones, Founder of Greenshoot Pacific, on sustainable events. Furthermore, Jones is also delivering a session on planning sustainability strategies and systems.  

Mushtaq al-Waeli, Executive Director (acting) for Josoor Institute, said; “Our aim is to be a catalyst for transforming the sports and events industries in the region, ensuring local and regional practitioners have the skills required to successfully deliver large-scale events and set new standards globally. Sustainability is an integral aspect of any major event, be it in sport or other industries.

“As Qatar looks towards the 2022 World Cup, we want to make sure those involved in the planning process have the knowledge to adopt the best practice in sustainability from around the world and apply them to events in the region, leaving a lasting social and environmental legacy.”

Launched at Doha GOALS 2013, Josoor Institute is training many of the people who will play an integral role in Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup,  individuals who will then have the knowledge to deliver large-scale sporting and non-sporting events across the region long after 2022.

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