Saudi Olympic committee holds monthly conference to mark Olympic Day

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The conference, hosted online ran under the patronage of Prince Abdulaziz Alfaisal, president of SAOC, attracted the attendance of SAOC and Saudi national sports federation members, and sports specialist in the kingdom. (Supplied)
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The conference, hosted online ran under the patronage of Prince Abdulaziz Alfaisal, president of SAOC, attracted the attendance of SAOC and Saudi national sports federation members, and sports specialist in the kingdom. (Supplied)
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The conference, hosted online ran under the patronage of Prince Abdulaziz Alfaisal, president of SAOC, attracted the attendance of SAOC and Saudi national sports federation members, and sports specialist in the kingdom. (Supplied)
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The conference, hosted online ran under the patronage of Prince Abdulaziz Alfaisal, president of SAOC, attracted the attendance of SAOC and Saudi national sports federation members, and sports specialist in the kingdom. (Supplied)
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Updated 24 June 2020

Saudi Olympic committee holds monthly conference to mark Olympic Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (SAOC) held its initial monthly conference to mark the Olympic Day on Tuesday to discuss sports governance.

The Head of Institutional Relations and Governance International Olympic Committee, Jerome Poivey, and Advocate at the High Court of Uganda and Secretary General of Uganda Olympic Committee, Donald Rukare, were also present for the discussion.

The conference, hosted online ran under the patronage of Prince Abdulaziz Alfaisal, president of SAOC, attracted the attendance of SAOC and Saudi national sports federation members, and sports specialist in the kingdom.

Rukare started the first session on the principles of governance and highlighted that transparency, accountability, and equality and equity, fairness, and being inclusive are the most crucial principles to follow.

Poivey meanwhile discussed the role of the national Olympic committees and new IOC agenda 2020 and its recommendations which included for an example.

Several Olympic issues were also discussed, such as the coronavirus pandemic, women sports and the interrelation between all various sport institutions.

When asked about the unprecedented conditions for athletes due to the pandemic, Rukare said: “We need national Olympic committees to go back and review their policies because most of it was framed during the time we thought things would be done in physical presence only, but now we need to go back to the guidelines and re configure and amend it to be suitable for nowadays things like taking decisions online.”

“For example, can we do campaigns online without breaching the law, then we need to put that process and build capacity. We need to offer access, quality, and building capacity once again because for example maybe not everyone has internet,” he continued.

When asked about governance and what module would be useful to use for a sport federation in Saudi, Poivey said: “We tend to ask the NOCs to follow the IOC charter and see if the values are reflected then they can approve it if it doesn’t contradict by the law.”

“There must be some flexibility so we need to make sure the basic principle is there,” he added.

The relationship between NOC and governance in terms of rules, implementation and auditing with reference to the IOC agenda 2020 was also brought to the discussion table, Poivey explained.

“Every NOC should imply with the sports law and Olympic charter. The issue is when sports law is not reflected then we try to negotiate to find solution and usually it works, if not then we suspend the NOC because it doesn’t follow the Olympic movement for example there must be an election process and sport law must be respected,” he said.

About women and sports, Donald explained that all sport institutions need to embed a mechanism to empower more women in sports.

“Each country needs to find what works best for them within their context. the IOC agenda 2020 is very clearly trying to have 50/50 percentage of men and women employed. You need to embed it in the system and deliver programs to target women in leadership and sports acquisition courses. This will attract them and help build capacity and women power through encouraging them and of course then you will have to document it and identify particular women to mentor and help further to grow,” he said.

The second SAOC monthly conference will be held in July with a new topic: Managing National federations.


Beijing Guaon pounce on rusty Melbourne in 3-1 victory

Updated 25 November 2020

Beijing Guaon pounce on rusty Melbourne in 3-1 victory

  • The Chinese side have one foot in the last-16 of the Asian Champions League

DOHA: Beijing Guoan have one foot in the last-16 of the Asian Champions League after a convincing 3-1 win against a rusty Melbourne Victory side on Tuesday extended their perfect record in Group E to three from three.

Another Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua also improved their chances of qualification from Group F with their second win in three matches, edging past FC Tokyo 1-0, courtesy of a late penalty.

But it was Bruno Genesio’s Beijing outfit who sent out a strong warning to their rivals in the tournament by following up on their win over FC Seoul last week with another impressive performance in Doha where the tournament’s eastern zone matches are being played after a nine-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beijing clearly looked a class above Melbourne Victory who were largely lackluster both in attack and defense, with even the Australian side’s consolation goal late in the second half coming through a huge deflection from Kim Min-Jae after substitute Gianluca Ianucci’s powerful shot from nearly 25 yards appeared heading straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.

Beijing allowed their Australian rivals only 40 percent ball possession and that worked hugely in their favor as they created chances galore at the Al-Sadd Sports Club.

But once again, it was their Brazilian presence which played a pivotal role, with Renato Augusto and A Lan on target in the 22nd and 34th minutes before Wang Zimin’s brilliant goal in the 74th minute to put the match out of Victory’s reach.

Frenchman Genesio, who has been in charge at Beijing Guoan for almost 16 months, was not in a very celebratory mood despite his team’s 100 percent win record so far.

“In the first half we played really well as we tried high pressing as we trained before the game and were successful in keeping control,” said Genesio.

“The only thing I am disappointed about is that we conceded one goal towards the end. We need to be more serious and cautious towards the end of the game.”

Melbourne Victory, for whom this was their second defeat in three matches — their only win came in February against Chiangrai United — are now third in the standings and would need a herculean comeback to qualify for the knockout phase.

“For us, It’s not the result we wanted,” said Victory’s Steve Kean, whose side had no match practice for several months before heading to Doha. “This was our very first match of any type, we did not even play any friendlies and came against a Beijing side that have played a full season.

2We wanted to win and take points but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Shanghai Shenhua were celebrating their success over Tokyo FC after Yu Hanchao’s successful penalty in the 74th minute proved the decisive moment in the match.

“FC Tokyo is a great team but today we really wanted to limit their opportunities,” said Shenhua coach Choi Kang-hee.

“Our players really overcame their difficulties of fitness and fatigue. They persisted from the first minute until the end and I thank them for that.

“They showed great mental power and spirit and I believe they will get better from here,” he added.

Tokyo FC’s Kenta Hasegawa was clearly upset, although he was not losing hope yet despite his team being in third place in the standings with four points from three matches

“The result is disappointing. This was the first game in the AFC Champions League for many of our young players,” Hasegawa said.

“They were not ready for this game, but I am sure the will be ready for the next.”