Elite Asian athletes the focus at ASIA Congress
The three-day event in Doha will focus on topics related to building systems and structures to aid the continent’s top athletes.
Leading international and regional sports performance practitioners will take part in the 4th Association of Sports Institutes in Asia (ASIA) Congress to be held at Aspire Academy from November 5 to 7.
Discussions at the Congress will revolve around development of youth athletes, creating high performance environments and transforming sports technology, research and innovation into performance programmes.
Ali Salem Afifa, Chairman of the Congress and Deputy Director General of Aspire Academy, highlighted the objective behind the Congress.
“Asian athletes are excelling in the sports arena. So it’s time we encourage sharing of ideas and initiating discussions on developing a high performance environment for aspiring athletes. This Congress should stimulate new ideas and provide an opportunity to reflect on pertinent issues such as transitioning athletes from youth to senior level”.
Markus Egger, Director of Sport and Strategy at Aspire Academy, echoed Afifa’s views on the need for increased focus on Asian athletes.
“Some of our athletes are competing with the world’s best in their fields. For elite athletes, the journey to the top is extremely challenging and it demands a lot, including relentless focus, commitment and incredible hard work. High-performing sports institutes are aware of that and they adapt their way of working and their organisational culture to the needs of their top athletes. I am hoping for a similar spirit during this Congress,” he said.
The Congress will feature international speakers from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia as well as from the Aspire Academy.
Two successful graduates of Aspire Academy, squash player and World No 46 Abdulla Al Tamimi and 2019 Asian Games 800M champion Abubaker Haydar, will feature in a discussion titled “Transitioning athletes from Youth to Senior”. Qatar’s football team coach Felix Sanchez and squash coach and former World No 1 Geoff Hunt will also be part of the discussion.
ASIA was founded by Aspire Academy and presently has 15 members including the Japan Sports Council, Singapore Sports Institute and Hong Kong Sports Institute. ASIA’s objective is to exchange knowledge and expertise in relation to high performance training and to enhance the management and operation of high performance institutes that directly and indirectly influence development of athletes, coaches, sports scientists and support staff.