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Aspire, Korean Olympic body agree to develop sport

Qatari athletes will be able to utilise facilities at Jincheon as part of exchange programmes.
Aspire Academy Director General Ivan Bravo, Left, And Korean Sport & Olympic Committee President Kee Heung Lee
Aspire Academy Director General Ivan Bravo, left, and Korean Sport & Olympic Committee President Kee Heung Lee after signing a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday. Photo: Aspire

Qatar’s Aspire Academy and the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee (KSOC) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will boost mutual co-operation between the two countries towards developing sports.

The MoU was signed by Ivan Bravo, Director General, Aspire Academy, and Kee Heung Lee, President of KSOC, at a function at the Aspire Academy.

The agreement will allow Qatari athletes to use the facilities at South Korea’s Jincheon National Training Centre as part of exchange programmes. The Korean athletes will also be able to utilise the facilities at Aspire.

Aspire Academy Director General Ivan Bravo And Korean Sport & Olympic Committee President Kee Heung Lee With Other Officials
Aspire Academy Director General Ivan Bravo and Korean Sport & Olympic Committee President Kee Heung Lee with other officials after signing a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday. Photo: Aspire

Bravo told Inside Qatar that the MoU, which would be for two years to start with, would help Qatar in their attempt to advance in the sporting sphere.

“Just to give an example, we’re now pushing for the development of our fencing programme. Korea is one of the strongest fencing nations and when we sign an agreement like this, it’ll allow our players to train with their Korean counterparts and their coaches, and to experience different methodologies, contexts of preparations and training.

“Everybody wins in such a scenario. They get exposed to something different, we partner with someone who has more experience than us, helping us learn and grow,” he added.

Bravo said Qatari athletes travelling to Tokyo for the Olympic Games next year would be able to base themselves in Jincheon during the final phase of their training.

“From our athletes’ point of view, it’s very important to train at a place with a similar atmosphere and almost same weather conditions. From the Korean point of view, if they’re taking part in some championships in West Asia, they can come over here and prepare with us,” Bravo said.