Thursday 27 April 2017
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Aspire Academy today inaugurated the second annual Youth Athletics Coaching Congress in cooperation with the Qatar Athletic Federation (QAF) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The event, which will run until Tuesday October 20, brings together a large panel of internationally-recognised coaches and sport science specialists to discuss future development in the athletics industry.

 Over three days the high-profile speakers are sharing their profound knowledge about different topics related to the development of youth athletes and more than 250 people registered for this year’s edition of the event. 40 of them are coming from outside of the country and among the people in the audience is also a great number of coaches from Qatari clubs, local and international schools.

Mr. Dahlan Al Hamad, President of the QAF and the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and Vice President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF); Mr. Ivan Bravo, Director General of Aspire Academy, and Mr. Vahid Kardany, representative from the OCA, welcomed the attendees to the congress and wished them fruitful and productive discussions that positively contribute to the growth of athletics in the region. “Sport has developed from being a hobby to being a science that we must study. We have to adapt to the new concept of sport and in order to do so we need to have qualified coaches. This is one of the most important factors for the success of athletes.  If a coach is able to develop an athlete with the right foundation, and if he provides the appropriate coaching guidance, then he can create a champion”, said Dahlan Hamad.

Before the congress started with first topic, a panel discussion on the “Journey to Excellence” took place, that featured the South African former long-distance runner and Olympic medalist Elana Meyer from South Africa, as well as three outstanding Qatari track-and-field athletes: high jump World Champion and Aspire Academy graduate Mutaz Essa Barshim, middle-distance runner Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla and endurance runner Abubaker Haydar, another Aspire graduate. They talked about their journey, the importance of coaches in their careers and what challenges they had to overcome in order to make the step from youth to senior level.

Following that, a number of technique breakout sessions focusing on running, jumping and throwing were held and the day concluded with a number of practical breakout sessions focusing on the same topics. Day two of the congress will focus on the theme of “Training Elements” and will include event-specific training theory sessions, as well as gym and nutrition masterclass sessions


Athletes from Asia shine in the 6th CISM World Military Games in Korea

Athletes from Asian countries won as many as 35 medals including 16 Gold medals in the track and field events of recently concluded 6th CISM World Military Games (4-11Oct 2015) in Korea. Athletes from Bahrain lead the gold rush with 7 gold medals followed by China with 4 gold medals and Saudi Arabia with 2 gold medals. 

Barakat Mubarak Al-Harthi of Oman emerged fastest athlete of the Games with a performance of 10.16s, also a new National record for Oman. Syrian high jumper Majid Eldein Ghazal improved his national record to 2.31m to win Gold medal in the men’s high jump. Asian record holder Youssef Ahmed Al-Masrahi of Saudi Arabia won men’s 400m with 45.18s

Salwa Eid Nasser of Bahrain set World Youth leading mark in the 400m with a Gold medal winning performance of 51.39s. Zhang Wenxiu of China set new Hammer throw Games record with a throw of 74.87m.

For results click here. 

Mr. Xi Jinping, President of PR of China awarded with "IAAF Golden Order of Merit"

Beijing, Aug 30, 2015 - IAAF World Championship was succesfully concluded in Beijing, capital city of PR of China which also hosted successful 2008 Summer Olympic Games. On August 22, IAAF awarded Mr. Xi Jinping, President of PR of China with "IAAF Golden Order of Merit" in the presence of IAAF president and Vice Presidents including Dahlan Al-hamad, President of AAA who was re-elected as IAAF vice president.  

Host China concluded the campaign with highest ever medal tally in the World Championship by winning total 9 medals, one more than 1993 edition. Total 5 Asian countries ( CHN, JPN, TJK, BRN and KAZ)  figured in the final medal tally. Total three new Asian records were set during the championship.

Next World championship will be held in London in 2017.

Liu hong wins first Gold medal for China in the IAAF World Championship 2015

Beijing, 28 Aug 2015- World record holder Liu Hong lived up to her top billing as favourite to win 20km walk and finally she brought first gold medal for the host China and first Asian winner in the IAAF World Championship at Beijing.

Liu Hong, best female athlete of Asia clocked 1:27:45 in the sweltering morning heat of Beijing to win Gold medal. Liu was challenged by her teammate and former Asian record holder Lu Xiuzhi who finished 0.26sec behind Liu but official time was given same of Liu i.e 1:27:45. It was the closest finish in the IAAF World championship for walking event. Ukraine's Lyudmyla Olyanovska won bronze in 1:28:13. Medals were awarded by the Du Zhaocai, head of CAA and IAAF council member during the evening session.