ATHENS, Greece, The Qatar Olympic Academy (QOA) and the International Olympic Academy (IOA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Greece’s capital of Athens.

HE Jassim bin Rashid Al Boenain, the QOC Secretary General and Head of QOA board inked on behalf of the academy, meanwhile Mr. Isidoros Kouvelos, the President of International Olympic Academy signed on behalf of IOA, also the ceremony was attended by Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Noaimi, the Executive Director of QOA.

The memorandum will allow QOC and QOA employees to participate in all IOA’s events and programs, also the IOA will help QOA to open scientific Research Centre and exchange of expertise and information related to sport and Olympic movement. As well as QOA will benefit from IOA’s lecturers to hold workshops and training courses at the QOC or QOA.

In a post- signing ceremony statement, the QOC Secretary General, Jassim Al Bonain pointed out that the QOC and IOA had already signed the first Memorandum of Understanding in 2014, and now they renewed it for four year duration.

” QOC is working under the directives of HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, the President of QOC to strengthen partnership and co-operation relationships with all international organizations to help the QOC performing its pioneer role in serving the Olympic movement at both internal and international levels” added the Secretary General.

HE QOC Secretary General appreciated the outstanding success made by QOA over the past years, where QOA programs and training courses received an overwhelming praise locally and internationally. He said the MoU will have a positive impact in bringing more success for the Academy.

For his part, QOA Executive Director, Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Noaimi outlined that the renewal of this MoU came as a result of IOA’s confidence on QOA’s valuable programs , events, studies and activities.

” In Qatar, we were and still being a pioneer nation in boosting the sport development, we got the approval to establish our academy in 2006, so we are the second nation amid 20 countries to receive such approval” added Al Noaimi.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee