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Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani and Aspetar’s representative Hussain Sultan al-Jaber pose with the 6th Sheikh Fahad Hiroshima-Asia Sports Medicine and Science Award. © Gulf Times

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Qatar and South Korea centres recognised by IOC as research bodies

Date : 08 Jan 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 7, 2019: Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar and Yonsei Institute of Sports Science and Exercise Medicine in South Korea were among 11 bodies worldwide recognised as International Olympic Committee research centres.

With protecting athletes’ health and preventing injuries and illnesses in sports being top priorities for the IOC and its medical and scientific commission, 11 research centres across the world, two of them in Asia, have been officially named as IOC research centres.

Qatar’s Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital was named the best medical project in Asia winning the 6th Sheikh Fahad Hiroshima-Asia Sports Medicine and Science Award on the sidelines of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

The Yonsei Institute of Sports Science and Exercise Medicine is another state-of-the-art medical facility and is based in several locations in South Korea – Yonsei University, Wonju Severance Christian Hospital, Korean Sports and Olympic, Sol Hospital and Korea National Sport University.

Among the other centres recognised by the IOC are the Institute of Sports Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark; Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Canada; London’s Institute for Sports, Exercise and Health and National Centre for Sports Exercise and Medicine; and United States Coalition for Prevention of Illness and Injury in Sport. There were centres in Australia and South Africa too.

Over the next four years, these centres will be tasked with researching, developing and implementing effective preventive and treatment methods for sports-related injuries and illnesses. They will receive support from the IOC and join an international network of expert scientists and clinicians in sports-injury and diseased-prevention research.

“We are delighted to have appointed 11 highly qualified centres from the four corners of the world to assist us with our mission,” commented IOC Medical and Scientific Commission Chair and IOC Vice-President Prof. Ugur Erdener.

“These centres have all demonstrated that they are at the forefront of research in sports medicine and are committed to our shared goal of using knowledge and resources to ensure the athletes’ well-being so that sportsmen and women can perform at their best level with minimal risks to their health.”

Collaborating closely with the newly-appointed 11 research centres, the IOC aims to further promote and protect the health of athletes by:

• Establishing long-term research programmes on injury and disease prevention.

• Fostering collaborative relationships with individuals, institutions and organisations to improve athletes’ health.

• Implementing applied, ongoing and novel research and development within the framework and long-term strategy of the IOC.

• Setting up knowledge translation mechanisms to share scientific research results with the field throughout the Olympic Movement and sports community and to convert these results into concrete actions to protect the health of the athletes.

Since 2009, the IOC, under the leadership of its Medical and Scientific Commission, has supported and partnered with established research centres around the world to promote athletes’ health through the prevention of injury and illness.

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