Smaller countries encouraged to host smaller events at Doha Goals

Smaller countries encouraged to host smaller events at Doha Goals

DOHA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Smaller countries have been encouraged to host smaller sports events by sports ministers and representatives of sports bodies from over 20 countries and regions at the Doha Goals on Monday.

A statement was published after the Ministers of Summit at the Doha Goals, the world's leading platform focusing on sport as a driver of social and economic change, also calling public policy makers to invest more in sports facilities.

"While lower profile events may not have the same weight with international audiences, there are still numerous benefits for smaller events to be held in smaller countries where investment can be more manageable but the impact on real terms just as big," the statement said.

The statement said that all delegates at the summit pledged to do more to share information between nations, within the context of the G20, the G8 and other international groups, in order to fight the corruption that can blight sport.

In a discussion hosted by Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali, Qatar's Minister of Youth and Sports, the participants considered how sport can play an important role in addressing some of the most important economic, social and political challenges facing the world today, including youth unemployment, corruption and poor health.

Al Ali said: "Today was an important step towards better and stronger collaboration between Ministers of Sport so that we can build a case for sport to be given higher priority at a policy level."

Richard Attias, Executive Producer of Doha Goals, said: "This is not about lobbying for more money to host events. This is about recognising that sport has an impact on education, on health, on social integration and on the economy. We look forward to building on this first summit over the next 12 months and reconvening in Doha next year."