HH Shaikh Nasser chairs SCYS’ virtual meeting

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Manama, June 19 (BNA): Representative of HM the King for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS), His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has endorsed the project allowing sports clubs to become corporate-like entities.
HH Shaikh Nasser said that the project would be optional and not a must, based on a study submitted by sports clubs, noting that it will strengthen the sports industry in the kingdom, and pave the way for clubs to benefit from the support delivered by the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) and commercial banks, as well as enhance investment opportunities with the private sector.
This will spur the national economy, as well as develop the sports sector’s administrative and technical systems, he said.
HH Shaikh Nasser added that the project to turn sports clubs into commercial companies would contribute to the steady growth of the Bahraini sport and enhance its professionalism, through attracting more sponsors, which is among the fruits of the National Youth and Sports Programme, “Estijabah” (Respnse) based on open, fair competition.
This came as HH Shaikh Nasser chaired today a meeting of the SCYS, which was held through the video conferencing technology.
HH Shaikh Nasser expressed pride in the decisions taken by the Government Executive Committee, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, to reinstate sports activities while observing the precautionary measures taken to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), lauding the great role played by the medical team in charge of containing COVID-19 pandemic.
He also hailed the role played by the Coordination, Implementation and Follow-up Committee of the Estijabah (Resonse) Programme, led by the First Deputy Chairman of the SCYS and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, praising the achievements of the panel over the past period, and its efforts to bring about a quantum leap in the youth and sports movement in the kingdom.
The participants in the SCYS meeting discussed a number of topics on the agenda, and endorsed a plan to make the kingdom a regional centre for sports medicine tourism, and a hub for scientific sports studies and research.
HH Shaikh Nasser approved the establishment of a Bahraini society for sports medicine and sciences.
The meeting also endorsed the “Lamae” (Bright) Youth Programme, which is an integrated plan aimed at selecting outstanding Bahraini youth, as part of the Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry’s initiatives to hone the potentials and skills of Bahraini youth in order to give them opportunities to showcase their distinction.
The ambitious programme aims to prepare youth leaders who will be selected among the nominees of the public and private sector institutions. They will be chosen based on interviews and training programmes. The successful nominees will participate in key projects in the kingdom and represent it abroad.
Youth and Sports Affairs Minister, Ayman bin Tawfiq Al-Moayyad, briefed the meeting about the work of the Coordination, Implementation and Follow-up Committee, noting that it has held seven meetings during the second quarter of 2020, followed up on the implementation of 57 projects and issued 76 decisions.
He said that the project to allow sports clubs to become corporate-like entities and the Open Football League are among the projects with top priority.
He added that the distribution of aid to clubs, in cooperation with Tamkeen, the approval of supporting clubs’ budgets demands and the digitalisation of transactions are among the projects that have been completed during the second quarter.
Regarding the payment of athletes’ dues, the minister said that 2146 requests, worth BD 5 million, have been settled.
Al-Moayyad highlighted the details of the project to turn sports clubs into commercial companies, mechanisms to implement the Open Football League and the steps taken to resume sports activities in the kingdom.