UncategorisedCurtain falls on successful World Congress

September 11, 20194

?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.


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