THE 56TH ICHPER•SD
ANNIVERSARY WORLD CONGRESS & EXPOSITION

December 18th-20th 2014

TOWARDS BUILDING A NEW SPORT SYSTEM

Bahrain has gained global recognition in hosting world class conferences as the curtain fell down on the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition yesterday (December 20).

The conference was organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in partnership with the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) and the University of Bahrain (UoB).
The focus of attention on third and concluding day off the congress - organized in Bahrain for the first time - was on the subject ‘Privatization of Sports Club’, presented by CEO of sport organization Kleinamann Wang Anter Isaac.

Kleinamann Wang provides expert advice to sporting organisations on strategy and operational efficiency, league and club development, sports governance and regulatory systems, as well as stadia and facilities development.

Isaac highlighted a number of subjects related to his topic, such as the definition of privatization, its benefits, risks and drawbacks, how to mitigate risks and drawbacks, the government’s role in privatization, popular forms of private ownership of clubs and main considerations before privatizing clubs.

“Privatization involves the shift from traditional ownership models for sporting clubs, from member-based or government controlled entities established for social and sporting enrichment into entities focused commercial objectives and brand development through sporting success,” said Isaac, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field of sports.

“Increasing costs of operational, facilities and athlete pay, in addition to the increased revenue from commercial activities are some of the factors which have instigated privatization in sport and sports clubs”.

Isaac used some of the world’s most renowned and prominent clubs as examples, such as English Club Manchester United, who were established in 1878 by local railway workers to play football against workers in other departments. Now they are wholly privatized and a publicly-listed club.

Other clubs which Isaac referred to were Italian Serie A side AC Milan, Spanish champions FC Barcelona and American football club Green Bay Packers.

Among other points referred to by Isaac were reasons for private entities to invest in sports clubs, forms of private ownership in clubs, the main benefits of privatization, the goals of the private owners of the clubs, in addition to the recommendations to prepare for privatization.

BOC general secretary and chairman of the Executive Committee of the conference Abdulrahman Askar presented special awards for Anter Isaac and Kinesiology School Director Dr Li Li Ji.

The awards, presented in the presence of Bahrain Football Association president Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, ICHPER president Dr Adel El Nashar and other senior officials, were in appreciation to their efforts at the conference.

Later on, over 60 oral presentations took place, which were delivered by 90 participants and covered various sport-related topics.

A colorful closing ceremony was then staged, in which His Majesty King Hamad Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and BOC president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa honored a number of figures for their contributions and efforts.

They were Kefah Al Daen of the Sports Medicine Centre, Nabeel Taha of the Sports Training and Development Section, University of Bahrain’s Dr Mona Al Ansari, Education Ministry undersecretary Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulaziz Al Khalifa and ICHPER.SD President Dr Adel El Nashar.

In recognition to his continued support to sport development in Bahrain, Shaikh Nasser became the first Arab figure to receive the ‘Highest Contribution Award’ from ICHER.SD since it was founded in 1958.

Shaikh Nasser was also presented with the ‘Royal Night’ award from the International Military Sports Council (CISM) president Lt-Colonel Abdulhakim Al Shino.

The second and penultimate day of the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition, being held in the Kingdom of Bahrain, focused on the conference all-new theme “Towards Building a New Sport System”.

The conference is being organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) in partnership with the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) and the University of Bahrain (UoB).

Speaking at yesterday’s (Friday, December 18) opening session at the Crown Plaza Hotel, honorary president of ICHPER.SD Dr Dong Ja Yang said the theme encapsulates the great purpose of the conference, which concludes today.

“This represents a true challenge to bring it all together - ICHPER professionals, institutions and organizations throughout the world, for reexamining and sharing our current dimensions of beliefs, knowledge and wisdom to build new direction for the future through the process of this world congress,” said Dr Yang.

“It is my very special pleasure to deliver this keynote with the topic ‘a sustainable Olympic movement for all nations – a celebration not only for the countries of the haves but also for countries of the have-nots”.

Dr Yang started his keynote by thanking Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa for patronizing this event.

He also extended his appreciation and gratitude to BOC general secretary and chairman of the Executive Committee of the conference Abdulrahman Askar and to all the organizing committee members on their efforts in preparing for this international forum.

Late on, Askar presented special awards for Dr Yang and other main speakers in appreciation to their contributions to the conference.

They are ICHPER president Dr Adel El Nashar, Dr Li Li Ji School of Kinesiology Director of the US, Dr Yoshiro Hatana of Japan, BOC board member Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Education Ministry’s Dr Shaikha Al Jeeb, ICHPER general secretary Dr Magda Al Shazly and Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Creativity Award winner Dr Mervat Disouqi.

Yesterday’s programme also featured a fitness session by Dr Yoshiro Hatana, creator of the 10,000 steps theory.

Hatana said he was pleased with the arrangements made by the organizing committee to bring this international conference to Bahrain for the first time.

“I really appreciate the Olympic committee here in Bahrain in supporting the world movement of physical education, fitness and sports. For this matter, Bahrain should be proud of this fact that we have come from all over the world to exchange ideas and knowledge,” he said.

“I have been to 15 different conferences before and have been telling people how important for a person to be able to walk as much as 10,000 steps a day in order to sustain good health and fitness,” added Dr Hatana, who is now heading ICHPER.SD research project on physical fitness testing on children all over the world.

Romanian sport manager Alexandru Paraschiveschu, also making his first trip to Bahrain, was pleased with the organization of the conference and shared his experience in the same field.

“In Romania, the ministry of youth and sports is the No. 1 organisation which is responsible for the implementation of sporting events and managing all programmes, in cooperation with the Romania Olympic Committee,” said Paraschiveschu.

“In my opinion, we should focus on children, to select young talents and improve on their performances before making them eligible to represent the national teams in a variety of sports”.

High-ranking officials from across the world started in Bahrain ahead of the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition, which gets underway tomorrow (Thursday).

With 24 hours remaining for the grand opening ceremony, eight prominent scientific figures gave touched down on the island to attend this three-day conference, scheduled to take place at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

They include International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) general secretary Dr Magda Al Shazly of Egypt, in addition to Dr Farooq Abdulwahab, Dr Ikhlas Mohammed, Dr Mona Abdulsaatar and Dr Amna Mahmood, all of Egypt.

Other officials who reached Bahrain yesterday were Iraqi Dr Abduljabbar Mohsin, Abbas Hassan Jawad and Jenan Nairooz. More than 100 scientists are due to arrive today, while honorary president of ICHPER Dr Dong Yang of the US is expected to touch down tomorrow.

Organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee in cooperation with ICHPER.SD and the University of Bahrain, the congress will see over 250 participants from different nationalities, out of whom 130 will be presenting 80 research papers in Arabic and 50 in English.

Contributors will come from Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Turkey, Japan, Australia, the US, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, Romania, South Korea, China, Nigeria and host nation Bahrain.

Among those speaking at the conference is Korean-born American Dr. Dang Yang, honorary president of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD), ICHPER.SD President Dr. Adel El Nashar, Li Li Ji of the US, Dr. Yashiro Hatano of Japan and Briton Simon Vumbaca.

Meanwhile, the organizing committee has finalized its arrangements yesterday ahead of the opening ceremony, set to tip off at 9am. The main conference hall at the Crowne Plaza Hotel has been prepared, while a special media centre is now operational and will be open for media representatives arriving from different countries to cover the event.

The opening ceremony will be held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is all set to embrace another major international event today (Thursday, December 18) when the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition gets underway at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

Starting at 9am, the opening ceremony will be held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The three-day conference is organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee in cooperation with the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) and the University of Bahrain.

Bringing an all-new theme titled “Towards Building a New Sport System”, the congress will see more than 200 researchers from 20 countries in attendance.

Participants have come from Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Jordan, Turkey, Japan, Australia, the US, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, Romania, South Korea, China, Nigeria and host nation Bahrain.

There will be 130 contributors to present 80 research papers in Arabic and 50 in English during this first-of-its-kind event organised in the region.

The organising committee has prepared a packaged programme on this special occasion, which marks the kingdom’s National Day celebrations and His Majesty King Hamad accession day.

  1. SD president Dr Adel El Nashar today will deliver the opening remarks entitled “Towards Building a New Sport System”, the main theme of the congress.

The congress programme also includes ICHPER.SD regional meeting, in addition to a number of themes such as privatization of sports clubs, crisis management, a women and girls sport seminar to be submitted by Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Dr Shaikha Al Jeeb and Dr Magda Al Shazly.

A seminar on ICHPER.SD physical fitness project will be delivered by scientists and researchers, the most prominent of whom is Japan’s Dr Yoshiro Hatana, in addition to a sport for all seminar to be presented by International Sport for All Federation president Isa Abdulrahim and ICHPER.SD honorary president Dr Dong Yang and Dr Farooq Abdulwahab.

There will be several research in a variety of sport aspects, including a research by Dr Faisal Al Mulla about the TV sports channels role in spreading sports awareness among university students in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Other research include an analytical study to adjust the financial control of the professional clubs, in addition to other research in Arabic and English on professionalism in football in Algeria.

In preparation for today’s opener, the executive committee had its final meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which was chaired by Bahrain Olympic Committee general secretary Abdulrahman Askar.

Three sessions for the ICHPER.SD board also took place yesterday to finalise all arrangements, themes and research to be presented at the congress.

University of Bahrain High Studies Dean Dr Huda Al Khaja said Bahrain hosting the 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition this weekend is a new achievement for the kingdom in its bid to become among leading nations to embrace major international events.

The congress is scheduled to take place from December 18 to 20 at the Crown Plaza Hotel with top scientists and researchers from 20 countries to present a number of researches.

Organized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee in cooperation with the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance (ICHPER.SD) and the University of Bahrain, the three-day conference will have an all-new theme “Towards Building a New Sport System”.

“The Kingdom of Bahrain leads the way in hosting several significant conferences, not only on the regional level, but also at globally,” said Dr Al Khaja.

“Hosting 56th ICHPER.SD Anniversary World Congress and Exposition clearly shows that Bahrain is always striving for excellence in the scientific and cultural sections”.

Dr Al Khaja added that bringing this event to Bahrain is also a result of efforts by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the patron of the congress.

She noted that the congress will also have a positive influence on the University of Bahrain’s physical education faculty students, especially the master's and doctoral students, as more than 50 will be in attendance.