Adoption of the Statute of the
Association of Western Asia Athletics
The Statute of the Association of Western Asia for athletics was adopted during the meeting of the General Assembly of the Association, held yesterday evening at the Hotel Elite Suite in Sanabis, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, with the presence and participation of 9 countries from 13 in West Asia, which were Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
The meeting was chaired by the President of the Association of Western Asia, Sheikh Talal bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, who began the meeting by welcoming the General Assembly members to their second home Bahrain. He praised the great efforts made by the Associations of Western Asia in order to develop athletics in the Asian continent, and emphasized that the Kingdom of Bahrain is keen to embrace by maintaining it's headquarters of the Association in the Kingdom of Bahrain to work to develop and implement programs, activities and events, with the establishment of tournaments that will contribute to raise and develop athletics in the region.
The President of the Association of Western Asia, Sheikh Talal bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, said that the Kingdom of Bahrain is keen to provide all the support and attention to the Association of Western Asia, stressing that Bahrain will provide all the support for events and activities of the Association which will take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Then discussed were the minutes of the General Assembly held at ALWIL in Bahrain last April during which the nomination of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Talal as Chairman of the Association was adopted. The Statute of the Association of Western Asia was adopted and the Western Asia Association logo was also approved. Abdul Rahman Askar was elected Secretary General of the Association of Western Asia, after being nominated by Sheikh Talal.
During the meeting it was determined that annual subscription fees would be U.S. $ 500. The next meeting of the General Assembly was scheduled for February 2010 during which elections will be held for membership of the Board of Directors of the Association of Western Asia in the Qatari capital Doha, where the pre-trial in door world championships will be held in March.
A set of proposals were presented, notably the proposal by Iraq, where Dr. Alaa Gaber of the Iraqi Athletics Association expressed desire to host a number of events and tournaments over the next year.
A number of proposals for programs and events to be scheduled for the year 2010 were put forward, including the West Asia Championship for the general public and women in the Lebanese capital Beirut in the middle of the year.