Kuwait City, March 8, 2009: The Olympic Council of Asia will break new ground in the study of sports science at a three-day congress in Kuwait City this week.
"More than 750 people from all over the sports world will attend the first OCA Sport Congress and there will be 130 speakers over the three days," Congress Commission manager Ali Al-Marri told a news conference at the Kuwait Olympic Committee Theatre on Sunday.
"The aim is to link practice and theory through academic and scientific research, and it is the first time a congress of such magnitude has been held in Asia."The Congress will run from March 12-14 at the Arraya Ballroom of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kuwait City.
On the opening morning, OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge will deliver keynote speeches, before six themes are discussed in a series of workshops.
The six themes are: sports science in Asia, governance of sports in Asia, women's sports in Asia, sports marketing in Asia, Asian Games and sports and the environment.
On the final afternoon, the best two papers and posters from each of the six themes will receive awards from the OCA. Speakers will come from all over Asia, plus Canada, New Zealand, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Finland, France and Switzerland.
Representatives of the 45 National Olympic Committees in Asia will attend, along with IOC Executive Board members, Asian sports federations and international sports federations.
Four days of OCA activities will start at 2pm on Wednesday, March 11, with a children's fun run at Marina Crescent in Salmiya to promote the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. This will be followed by the ceremonial launch of the boat "Cocochin", which will sail from Kuwait to Guangzhou via ports in all regions of the Asian continent on an Olympic torch-style journey known as the "Road of Asia" project.
On the evening of March 11, the Inauguration Ceremony of the new OCA headquarters will take place at Olympia -- opposite the Scientific Centre in Arabian Gulf Street. Start time is 7.40pm.
The OCA's Director General, Husain Al-Musallam, explained that the cultural show would include performances from all five Asian zones -- East, South East, South, Central and West.