Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) in association with Emirates Diplomatic Academy presented a seminar on “Diplomacy in Sports” to the youth of the country on Monday.
Highlighting the many facets and benefits that can be achieved through sports and by staging international sporting events was HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of ADSC.
HE Al Awani emphasised sports as one of the finest way to create positive networking and impact to bring the youth from around the world together under a common platform.
“We at the sports council with the consent of our country’s leadership have become one of the top venues to host high-profile sporting events,” he said.
“The global sports events staged in the country reflect the UAE's message of peace to the peoples of the world through the participation of world renowned stars in every sport.”
HE Al Awani pointed out the awareness created by hosting international events and the economic impact it has in a country.
“ADSC has achieved enormous economic and media revenues by hosting events,” he added.
“Last year, we achieved an economic value of US $545.5 million while the value of the media was $173.2 million.
“That’s not all, we created UAE sports diplomacy by staging a number of sporting events outside the country, such as the President's Cup for the Purebred Arabians, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Arabian Horse Festival, the Abu Dhabi World Tour’s Jiu-Jitsu Grand Slams to name a few.
Gary Player, the South African golf legend, said sports brings people of all ages and nationalities together.
“Sports carry an important message concerning the physical and humanitarian aspects and support the bonds of cooperation and relations between the countries of the world,” he stressed.
The seminar drew prominent Emirati sports personalities including jiu-jitsu star Faisal Al Ketbi, skater Zahra Lari and ice hockey player Fatima Al Ali.