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Top sports dignitaries impressed with facilities

Several high-profile dignitaries have visited Qatar’s premier sports academy in recent times.
Italian Delegation
Italy’s Minister of Youth Policies and Sports Vincenzo Spadafora, President of the Italian Athletics Federation Alfio Giomi and the Italian ambassador to Qatar Pasquale Salzano at the Aspire Academy. Photo: Aspire Academy

A high-ranking delegation from Italy, including the Minister of Youth Policies and Sports Vincenzo Spadafora, President of the Italian Athletics Federation Alfio Giomi and the Italian ambassador to Qatar Pasquale Salzano visited the Aspire Academy last week.

The delegation was welcomed by Aspire Academy’s Director of Football Performance and Science, Prof. Valter di Salvo, took the visitors on a tour of the academy and also who briefed them about its philosophy.

“My impression is extraordinary. This’s a center for excellence that has its eyes on the future and embraces the world of sport and football in particular”, said Spadafora.

He underlined the importance of investing in the development of young athletes.

“With all this investment and infrastructure dedicated to youth, I see a bright future for Qatar. This’s the best way to unite two themes, sport and education, that are form the foundation for the future of any country,” he added.

He felt the Aspire Academy could be a role model for Italy.

“This’s the kind of ideas that we need to implement back in our country and I’ve met with the Sports Minister of Qatar before I came here and I’m confident that this’ll be the beginning of a beneficial cooperation”, he said.

Jean Todt
Jean Todt, President of FIA, Abdulrahman bin Abdullatif Al Mannai, President of the QMMF and Nicola Coscione during their visit at the Aspire Academy. Photo: Aspire Academy

Meanwhile, a day later, Jean Todt, President of Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) also visited the Academy. He was accompanied by Abdulrahman bin Abdullatif Al Mannai, President of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) and Nicola Coscione, Deputy to the FIA president.

Aspire Academy Director of Sport and Strategy, Markus Egger welcomed the duo led them on a tour of the Academy complex.

The FIA President showed huge interest with the state-of-the-art technology that he saw at the Football Performance Centre and expressed his delight at the work and cooperation already in place between Aspire Academy and QMMF.

“I’m pleased that my friend Abdulrahman bin Abdullatif Al Mannai brought me over to see this academy. I’m speechless after what I’ve seen. I congratulate the people of Qatar for the vision and inspiration to build an academy like this to train and develop their athletes,” said Todt.

“Aspire is indeed a great achievement and I congratulate all the people involved. I see great opportunity for a cooperation and collaboration between FIA and Aspire, so I’m going to speak with the QMMF president about finding and developing new talent in Qatar and use this fantastic facility.  I’m sure we will come to some arrangement, “said Todt.