BOA Sign Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar OC

February 24, 2011

Colin Moynihan, herbal chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) at a ceremony in Doha yesterday, February 23, attended by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

The agreement was signed by Moynihan with Hamad Al-Thani at the Amiri Diwan – the Royal Court – which includes a wide range of mutually beneficial areas of agreement, including co-operation in the development of high performance sport and the promotion of the Olympic Movement.

Under the terms, which will last until at least the end of 2012 with the option of an additional three years, co-operation with their National Sports Federations was confirmed, and the BOA and QOC also agreed to share information relating to best practice in sports administration and discuss opportunities for relevant exchanges schemes and to work out to stamp out drug abuse.

Moynihan stated: “We welcome this opportunity for joint collaboration with the Qatar Olympic Committee.

“Following our meetings today, details of specific areas of cooperation will be discussed between both National Olympic Committees over the coming months.

“Given his strong interest in sport, we appreciate the backing given to this initiative by the Prime Minister, David Cameron MP who attended the signing ceremony here today.

“With the London 2012 Olympic Games fast approaching we are entering the most exciting period in our history as a National Olympic Committee. 

“I welcomed the opportunity to share some of our experiences with our colleagues in Qatar, who have themselves embarked upon their own journey to prepare to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.”