Sport and Environmental Sustainability
On Wednesday morning, Oman Sport and Environment Committee held a seminar entitled “Sport and Environmental Sustainability” at Oman Olympic Academy, under the patronage of Sayyid Khalid bin Hamad Al Busaidi, OOC Chairman, and in the presence of Taha bin Sulaiman Al Kushari, Secretary General, and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Sunaidi, Oman Sport and Environment Committee Chairman, And numbers of students from Sultan Qaboos University and Sohar University, in addition to the staff and members of Sports Federations and Committees.
The seminar highlights the integration of the environmental dimension in sport and environmental practices to achieve the goals of sustainable development.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Sunaidi, Oman Sport and Environment Committee Chairman, welcomed OOC Chairman, the Secretary General and the attendees. He said, “Many countries worldwide are concerned with the issues of environment and sports as the top priorities. This is evident through the great role played by athletes in protecting the environment and preserving its natural resources. We, in Oman, are inspired by the wisdom of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
He added, “The Environment stated the objective of establishing the Committee, which is a very close relationship between environment and sport, and in line with the objectives of IOC, it aims to develop and consolidate the environmental values related to sports activities between athletes to gain an environmental awareness, conserve natural resources and adopt better environmental behaviors to save it in Oman”.
He pointed out the roles played by, Oman Sport and Environment Committee in saving the relationship between practicing sports activities and preserving the environment and safeguarding its natural resources in the Sultanate.
Then a film was presented about the most important activities and events carried out by the Committee during the previous period.
Jihad bin Abdullah Al Shaikh, the member of the Committee, presented the first working paper on the objectives, mission and vision of documenting the relationship between the practice of sports activities and the preservation of the environment and the conservation of its natural resources in the Sultanate. The Committee was interested in including the environmental dimension in various environmental activities, events, sports and competitions carried out by clubs and sports teams in Oman.
Then Dr. Badriya bint Khalfan Al-Haddabiya, head of the Department of Physical Education, Sultan Qaboos University, spoke in her second paper entitled “Sport is an environmental and preventive behaviour” to the relationship of the healthy environment with sports and the issue of the relationship between them.
The last paper was presented by Dr. Thoraya bint Saeed Al-clinical, Assistant Director-General for Nature Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, in which she talked about the role of sport in environmental conservation and its contribution to sustain environment.
Sayyid Khalid bin Hamad Al Busaidi, OOC Chairman, gave souvenirs to the sponsors, Sultan Qaboos University and Sohar University.
An open session was held by Bader bin Rashid Al-Shaidi, member of the Committee, during which the door was opened for dialogue and discussion.
The seminar came up with many important recommendations, most notably the importance of partnership and cooperation between the Committee Sultan Qaboos University and Sohar University.