KUWAIT CITY, Oct 18: The National Assembly on Monday inaugurated the two day conference entitled, “Ways to Develop Sports and Implement Professionalism”. A number of senior officials and public figures delivered speeches at the conference. Minister of Information and Culture and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Abdulrahman Badah Al-Mutairi stressed that sports development is linked with cooperation between sports entities and relevant government institutions; as well as the essential role of the Assembly in ratifying the required legislation. Al-Mutairi disclosed that the Public Authority for Sport (PAS) will soon hold symposiums on its strategy to develop sports and it will train 99 officials who will be tasked to make preparations for these symposiums. He said PAS will launch two platforms for receiving suggestions and comments. He affirmed that PAS is transparent in carrying out its work.
He also emphasized the importance of studying the successful experience of other countries, pointing out PAS has taken into consideration the experience of 26 countries which have developed sports. He clarified that neither PAS nor the abilities of Kuwaiti athletes alone could lead to the desired development; stressing the need to provide support, sustainable environment and catalyst for this. He revealed the role of sports clubs will be specified in the relevant law, pointing out the regulations on partial professionalism must be revised in order to achieve full professionalism. He said the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs will be announced soon; indicating the plan is based on the opinions of sports figures and it specifies the shortcomings and solutions.
On the other hand, Chairman of PAS Dr Homoud Flaitah confirmed that all the concerned parties are keen on developing sports. He said the government provides the needed cash to sports clubs, but the outcome does not match the amount granted. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim said the conference is considered a golden opportunity for putting Kuwaiti sports on the right path. He stressed the need to turn ideas and visions into reality as it is more important than searching for solutions.
He pointed out that solutions and clear visions are already available and have been agreed upon. Al-Ghanim also emphasized the importance of establishing a joint and comprehensive entity; which includes all concerned parties to carry out certain tasks in the short, medium and long terms. He said the entity must work as one team and its goals should be revised regularly. In case the goals are not achieved, the concerned senior officials must be replaced with those who are more efficient, he added. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff