Dr Thani al-Kuwari elected OCA Vice-President

HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani

HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani, the President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, Dr Thani bin Abdulrahman al-Kuwari, the Second Vice-President of the Qatar Olympic Committee and Jassim al-Buenainin, Secretary-General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, attend the Olympic Council of Asia’s General Assembly in Bangkok.

Dr Thani bin Abdulrahamn al-Kuwari, the Second Vice-President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), was elected Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) during its General Assembly meeting in Bangkok yesterday. A delegation headed by HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani, the President of the QOC, and including QOC Secretary-General Jassim al-Buenain and Director of the QOC Sport Affairs Department Khaleel al-Jabir represented Qatar at the meeting. Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah was re-elected President of the OCA. Sheikh Ahmad won a new five-year term until 2024, the OCA said, extending a reign that started in 1991 over the body that controls the Asian Games and other regional events.


“I will do all I can to continue working for this organisation,” he said at the OCA general assembly in Bangkok. Among his Olympic duties is leading Olympic Solidarity, which decides how broadcast revenues are distributed among national Olympic committees. Sheikh Ahmad welcomed the delegates to the Arnoma Hotel in the presence of Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sport, Weerasak Kowsurat, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Thailand National Olympic Committee President, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwang.After the official speeches, the OCA showed a short video of the history of the Asian Games, which dates back to the First Far Eastern Championship Games in 1913 in Manila before the first Asian Games took place in 1951 in New Delhi. With the next two Asian Games host cities already decided through to 2026, this gives the movement a history of 113 years. The Sheikh Fahad Hiroshima Asia Sports Fund award was presented to the former Mayor of Hiroshima at the 1994 Asian Games, Takashi Hiraoka. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the OCA’s 12th Asian Games in the Japanese city. Hiraoka was the Mayor from 1991 to 1999.

Sources and photo-credits: Gulf Times