H E Toobi to open fifth Oman Sports Conference today

Top sports experts will address the one-day Oman Sports Conference, which will be inaugurated by H E Mohammed al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs, at Sheraton Oman Hotel on Thursday.

The conference will begin at 9am. Organised by the Ministry of Sports Affairs, the fifth edition of the Oman Sports Conference returns after a gap of a year.

First held in 2013, the conference on Thursday has attracted international experts from across the world.

Australia's Alan Pearson, England's Steve Palmer, Malaysia’s Windsor Paul John, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary and England’s James Tucker.

Besides the overseas experts, senior sports administration experts from Oman will also address the conference. Among the speakers from Oman are Khalifa al Essai, Khaled al Hachani and Hisham al Sinani from the sports ministry, Sheikh Saif al Hosni, Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) vice-chairman, H E Khalfan al Naabi, Nizwa Club chairman and member of State Council,  H E Hamoud al Harthy,  Undersecretary for Education and Curricula at the Ministry of Education, and Sulaiman al Balushi, former international basketball umpire and sports management expert.

Oman’s leading sports stars - Faiz al Rusheidi, goalkeeper of the Gulf Cup-winning squad, Shihab al Habsi, Formula Four racer, Mohammed al Suleimani, U19 GCC 3,000m steeplechase silver-medallist, Mohammed al Mashaykhi, World Para Athletics silver medallist, and Mazoon al Alawi, woman Olympian - will also be present at the conference and interact with the participants.

Fahad al Raisi, director-general of sports development and welfare at the Ministry of Sports Affairs and chairman of Oman Sports Conference organising committee said, “The conference’s emphasis is on three areas – national sports strategy, formulating plans for sports authorities and youth training centres - and we will have the experts discuss these issues. I am hopeful that the conference will help us in developing Oman sports in future.”

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