UncategorisedSports economics forum a success

September 11, 20190

?A call to raise more attention towards sport in an attempt to increase national income came out yesterday (Saturday) as the Scientific Research Forum in Sports Economics come to a close.
Three key sessions were held on the second and last day of the forum to this much-awaited event, organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC).
Yesterday’s first session started with Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and Deputy Director General, Knowledge and Human Development Authority Dr Ahmed bin Saad Al Sharif of the UAE presenting his key notes on the influence of sport on international economics income.
“Sport has a significant role in the development of any nation, it is a motivator to economic growth and has great impact on tourism, way of life, and public health,” said Al Sharif.
Al Sharif also urged the private sector to play a crucial part to help the country gain financial boost through sports investments, and referred to Dubai as a successful model.
“Dubai has become one the most growing cities in the world with 2.4 million Emirati Dirhams benefited as a daily income from sports tourism in Dubai,” added Al Sharif.
Late on, Dr Wesam Al Shaikhli, President of the Iraqi Academy of Sciences, spoke about the importance of sports medicine in selection of talents, and referred to the British experiment as an example.
Al Shaikhli also said that there are 130,000 staff in the Academy of Scientific Research and Training who work as coaches, teachers, administrators and medical teams, who all work together to complete the selection process.
“The most traditional mistakes is for the coach, school teacher, medical team and psychological coach failing to coordinate during the selection process of young talents in any sport,” said Al Shaikhli.
He divided the selection process into three phases based on the talents ages, and stressed the importance of each stage in order to create champions of tomorrow.
On his part, Vice Dean of Business Faculty at King Abdulaziz University and supervisor of Master programme in Sports Administration Dr Ammar Al Rifai of Saudi Arabia discussed the monopoly of telecasting rights in the Middle East.
Al Rifai gave a brief history of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), which is an Arab joint-action institution, formed in 1969 in Al Khartoum, and is related to the League of Arab States and the Pan-Arab Association of Public Service and Commercial Broadcasters.
Al Rifai added that monopoly does not serve the economy, but competition is, and noted that the former affects sports media in other sports channels in the region.
“In the United States, anti-monopoly laws prevent the television carrier from monopolizing a single sports league, but it has more than one television network. The World Cup, for example, is broadcast via three channels. The finals are offered free of charge in local channels,” said Al Rifai.
Furthermore, Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Metabolism doctor Ghalia Shamlan made a presentation on the cost and use of dietary supplements by Saudi females.
“A recent study tells us that 71% of adults in the US, representing 170 million people, take supplements to obtain better health and energy instead of natural nutrition,” said Shamlan.
Shamlan also brought up potential and real benefits and proper action for athletes while using supplements, as well as recommendations and future work by providing awareness programmes and educate the public about supplements health effects.
The forum concluded with BOC secretary general Abdulrahman Askar presenting certificates to the participants and awards to the speakers.

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