São Paulo – Qatar wants to take the Brazilian experience in Olympic education to its sports community. The Arab country, which has started creating a society of athletes, wants to become a global reference in Olympic education. To promote this work, the director of the Doha Olympic and Sports Museum project, Christian Wacker, is in Brazil participating in the International Forum of Sports Education, which ends today (27) in the city of Natal, in Rio Grande do Norte.
One of the objectives behind the construction of Qatar Olympic Museum, which should be ready between 2011 and 2012, is to promote the Olympic values and preserve the history and memory of the sport in the Arab country. "This museum should be a good example, as it has an innovative concept," said Wacker, who is German. According to him, the content to be exhibited in the museum is still being organized.
Apart from the museum, Qatar is also getting ready to host a series of games and world championships. The country recently promoted the Asian Games, in 2006. According to Wacker, the event was a great success. "In future the country wants to host the Asian Cup, the Asian Football Cup, and should compete to host the 2020 Olympic Games and the 2022 World Cup," said the director.
According to him, Qatar and Brazil have already exchanged experience in sports training. "Many Brazilian trainers, mainly football coaches, have already worked in Qatar. Brazil has sports knowledge to export," said Wacker, who believes that many professionals from Brazil still have chances to work in the Arab country. Apart from football coaches, Qatar also needs sports teachers for universities. Next term, the Arab country is going to inaugurate its first Physical Education course in Qatar, at Qatar University.
"Qatar is starting to establish a sports community now and that is why the country needs to establish agreements with other countries," said Wacker, who bets on exchange with Brazil. According to him, the Arab country is eyeing professionals worldwide, not just in Europe and the United States.
According to the coordinator of the International Olympic Education Forum, Alberto Reinaldo Reppold, Wacker’s presence at the event is very important as it results in a diversified vision to the question of Olympic education shown to technicians and specialists present at the forum. Reppold also said that Olympic education is promoted through museums and sports documentation centres. "The centres are also vehicles for Olympic education. They preserve memory in the same way," he added.
This is the third sports forum promoted in Brazil. The first was in São Paulo and focussed on the participation of Brazilians in the Beijing Olympics, in 2008; the second was in Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul, to speak about development of Olympic sports in Brazil.
*Translated by Mark Ament