(MENAFN – The Peninsula) QNA
Amman:The Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) Hassan Al Thawadi highlighted the potential impact of mega sporting events on young people across the region, including the FIFA World Cup, during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa in Jordan.
Speaking on a panel session titled ‘Radicalisation: Lessons from the Past’, Al Thawadi said global events such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 had the potential to address the spread of radicalisation, rising unemployment and the marginalisation of communities.
‘Mega-events, such as the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, can play an important and often not recognised role in providing the platforms necessary for youth to unleash their potential, showcase their talent and achieve their goals and aspirations, said Al Thawadi.
Al Thawadi went on to reiterate Qatar’s vision for the tournament as being one for the benefit of the entire region and an accelerator for the positive development of society.
He added: ‘Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup – for the first time in the Arab world – is an unprecedented opportunity for this region. Accordingly, we have made a conscious effort from day one to ensure that it is a tournament that everyone in the region can benefit from, and have launched several legacy programmes to support this, including Challenge 22, Generation Amazing and the Josoor Institute.
The Challenge 22 innovation award is giving young entrepreneurs the chance to develop businesses which could boost Qatar 2022. One of the winners, ViaVii, was named by the World Economic Forum as one of the top 100 Arab start-ups. Meanwhile, Generation Amazing has reached more than 250,000 beneficiaries across the region and Asia, using football as a tool for positive social development. And the Josoor Institute, an academic centre for sports and events professionals, has helped to upskill more than 3,000 people since its launch. Held under the theme ‘Building New Platforms for Cooperation, this year’s forum focused on ensuring the region and global economy enters a new phase of globalisation. More than 1,000 leaders from government, business and civil society participated in the forum.