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The Executive Office meeting of GCC NOCs agree on hosting of UAE for Youth Gulf Sports Games in April 2024


MUSCAT, Oct 15


The 97th meeting of the Executive Office (GCC NOCs Secretaries-General) took place in Muscat on Sunday. The meeting headed by Taha bin Suleiman al Kishry, the Executive Director of Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) and Chairman for this term of the meeting in presence of Eng. Abdullah bin Ali Al Rabai, the Head of Human and Environmental Affairs Cluster at the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council and attended by all the GCC members.


During the meeting, the Executive Office agreed on hosting of UAE for the first edition of Youth Gulf Sports Games in Dubai city. The initial proposed duration of the events was scheduled during December 12 to 27, 2023 but the members requested to postpone the event to April 2024 which will be inline to the end of the schooling year 2023/2024 and possibility of the students to take part in the event. The proposed sports for the Youth Gulf Sports Games in UAE will include the following games: Football, Futsal, 3X3 basketball, handball, Ice Hockey, Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Athletics, Shooting, Fencing, Cycling, Badminton, Sailing, Padel, Chess, Snooker, Billiards, E-Games, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo and Jujutsu.


Oman’s Taha al Kishry commenced the meeting by an opening speech started with congratulating to all the gulf athletes who have been awarded with medals during the 2023 Arab Sports Games in Algeria and the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. “ The Gulf athletes had showed top performance during the latest regional, continental and international sporting events. We are looking for more medals and achievements during the forthcoming events including Olympic Games in Paris 2024,” he added


“The agenda of our meeting in Muscat will include review of what has been implemented in the strategy of developing joint Gulf’s sports field.  Also, the purpose of the meeting is to reach the desired decisions that will accelerate performance and overcome administrative, financial and technical difficulties that may prevent the achievement of goals. I am confident that our hard work and sincere efforts will continue with effective recommendations that achieve a positive impact and serves the common goals of the Gulf Olympic Committees and contributes to enhancing the culture of sports, spreading various games, and creating Olympic champions,” he ended




Later, Eng. Abdullah bin Ali Al Rabai, the Head of Human and Environmental Affairs Cluster at the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council delivered a speech and he appreciated the cooperation and interest from all the members towards supporting the process of joint work and to enhance and develop cooperation in sports field.


“ Kuwait hosted in the previous year the Gulf Games with participation of more than 1900 athletes representing different sports. We would like to congratulate all the champions athletes who managed to earn medals in the latest  19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Wishing all the best for our athletes and looking forward that our meeting to come out with the desired results and recommendations,” he ended



The members reviewed during the meeting the strategic plan of joint Gulf works in the sports field. They agreed on continuing the efforts towards following up on executing the strategic plan. Moreover, the executive committee approved the proposals raised by the Advisory Committee for Sports of the Women’s Committee on Saturday.


The 35th meeting of GCC NOCs Heads will be held in Muscat on Monday.