By Sports Reporter/Doha

The day one of the two-day course titled ‘The Law and Its Implications for Sport & Events Practitioners’ drew an attendance of over 40 delegates from Qatar and the region, including delegates from regional FAs of Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine,  Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen.
The course is being organised by Josoor Institute at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) is designed to educate local sports and events practitioners and prepare them for the legal implications that come with hosting, sponsoring and working within global sporting events.
The introductory two-day course, which is part of the ongoing programme of educational events run by Josoor Institute, brought together a range of speakers from leading sports consultancies and global law firms to share industry insights and best practice, enabling attendees to take away a comprehensive understanding of the local and international legal principles affecting them on a daily basis.
Speakers delivering sessions over the two days include Richard McLaren, CEO, and Bob Copeland, Senior VP, McLaren Global Sport Solutions; Ahmad Anani, Deputy Office Managing Partner, Latham & Watkins Abu Dhabi; Ben Bye, Senior Commercial Lawyer at the International Cricket Council; and Andreas Zagklis, Attorney at Law, Martens Rechtsanwälte. The course began with an overview of sports law in a global context before exploring issues including commercial implications for revenue generation, sporting governance, employer relations and the risk and liability issues that come with any major sporting event.
Mushtaq al-Waeli, Executive Director (acting) for Josoor Institute, said; “Understanding the legal landscape that surrounds the delivery process of a major international sporting event is essential. Those who work in the sports and events industry need to have an overview of the environment we operate in and this Josoor Institute course will help attendees better understand the legal implications that come with hosting events on an international stage.”
Commenting on the participation from Mena region countries, al-Waeli further added, “We are glad that over the past year, not only have Josoor Institute’s courses been received well by organisations in Qatar but there is also an upward trend of participation by regional delegates.This makes us believe that we are helping build a sustainable sporting industry across the region and we are determined to support in the delivery of a truly exceptional 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.“
Josoor Institute aims to educate, empower and support the talented individuals who will help Qatar build and deliver outstanding sporting events in Qatar and throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
Since its inception, nine short courses, two student outreach days and one bespoke course for the players of the Qatar Stars League have been conducted by Josoor Institute. These have featured 65 world-class speakers with more than 700 delegates from 49 countries attending.
Launched on December 2013, Josoor Institute is training many of the people who will play an integral role in Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, individuals who will then have the knowledge to deliver large-scale sporting and non-sporting events across the region long after 2022. Josoor Institute is proud to be affiliated with Georgetown University, a leading academic and research institution.
Named as Josoor Institute’s institutional and lead academic partner, Georgetown University will provide academic and administrative support, which includes collaboration and innovation in the areas related to curriculum development, quality management, oversight and endorsement for short courses and the development of the academic framework and co-development of content for long courses.



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