Olympic Committee President to Bring "Eyes of the Sporting World" to Qatar
DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- - Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, Will Join Ed Moses, Hicham El Guerrouj and Said Aouita at November Inauguration Ceremony One of the most influential figures in international sport, Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will be an honoured guest at November's "Spread Your Wings" event at ASPIRE, the Academy for Sports Excellence in Qatar, it was confirmed today. Jacques Rogge joins a growing list of respected sports personalities and athletic authorities due to attend the event, which is being held to inaugurate the opening of the world's largest indoor sports dome on ASPIRE's campus. Football legends Pele and Diego Maradona and "champion of champions" Hicham El Guerrouj have been named as participants in the event, which aims to showcase some of the world's leading sporting role models to student athletes. In addition, Olympic Gold medallist and hurdling champion Ed Moses, and world-renowned athletics coach and middle distance Gold medallist Said Aouita will speak at the event. Collectively, the "sporting legends" gathered for the ASPIRE "Spread Your Wings" event represent one of the strongest collections of sporting talent ever assembled in the Middle East. The organisers hope that their shared experience will provide a unique insight into what "makes" a champion for the student athletes, sports authorities and professional athletes attending the event. The ASPIRE Dome will provide superlative training facilities for student athletes from across the region; it will also offer one of the most advanced sports venues for competitions and tournaments. As a result, the grand opening is drawing international attention from major sporting bodies, representatives of which are planning to attend the event. Dr. Thomas Flock, Director General at ASPIRE, said, "Pierre de Coubertin, the genius behind the modern Olympic Games, coined the phrase 'All sports for all people' and our philosophy at ASPIRE is based upon the same key principles, aiming to extend access to our facilities to groups around the world." "It is fitting that so many figures from the world of sport should be here for the grand opening of the ASPIRE dome and we are honoured that Jacques Rogge, as President of the IOC, has agreed to attend the event." Many observers have suggested that events like the ASPIRE Sports Dome Opening and the Doha Asian Games in 2006 will draw an unprecedented wave of international attention to Qatar and place the country firmly on the world's sporting map. During the course of his sports career, Jacques Rogge competed in yachting competitions at the 1968 Games of the Olympiad in Mexico, in Munich in 1972 and in Montreal in 1976. He was elected president of the Committee in 2001 and is the eighth person to hold the position. The 'Spread Your Wings' event will run from November 17 - November 19, 2005, at the ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence, Qatar. About ASPIRE ASPIRE, the Academy for Sports Excellence, is a world-class organisation that aims to identify, educate and train world-class athletes to compete in professional sports at the highest levels. ASPIRE provides exceptional facilities, including full educational and recreational facilities, advanced dormitories, an amphitheatre, lecture halls, seven outdoor football training fields, and state-of-the-art weight rooms and physiotherapy. The Academy is distinguished by a philosophy which aims to develop the whole student, providing them with full academic and sports development so that they have the widest possible range of opportunities in adult life. Aspire today, inspire tomorrow.
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