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Thailand signs sports cooperation MoU with Qatar

The National Olympic Committee of Thailand, Sports Authority of Thailand, Qatar Olympic Committee and Aspire Academy signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday for joint work on sports initiatives.

Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakkul, a member of the International Olympic Committee, and an official witness at the signing of the MoU, said the agreement will help realise Thailand’s sporting potential, given Qatar’s expertise in sports technology, research, facilities and coaching, according to the Bangkok Post.

At the signing ceremony in Doha, Patama said: “We are very thankful that we have been able to secure this MOU from which Thai athletes can learn and improve in their respective disciplines. It will also expose our coaches and other sports officials to some of the latest developments in technology and related areas.

“Qatar is many steps ahead of us. There’s a lot we can learn to raise the level of our sports.”

SAT governor Gongsak Yodmani said the MoU with Aspire Academy is a “great opportunity for Thailand”, with the academy recognised for developing sports science and sports medicine. Yodmani said he looked forward to the seminars, training courses and other forms of knowledge exchange under the new agreement.

Aspire Academy, a sporting academy for young people, is part of Qatar’s Aspire Zone Foundation, also known as Doha Sports City, a 250-hectare complex with stadiums, an aquatic centre, and other sports facilities.