Hashel Altunaiji named President of Sports Medicine Committee
Reports to be prepared to explore alternatives for the Sports Medicine Center
Roles assigned to Committee Members
Awareness campaigns to accompanying medical crews
30 April 2019 – UAE National Olympic Committee Media Center
The Sports Medicine Committee has held its first meeting under the chairmanship of Dr Hashel Altunaiji after he was named President of the Sports Medicine Committee for 2017-2020. Three additional members were endorsed; which will bring the total number of members to seven. The Committee will prepare comprehensive reports to review the alternatives after closing the Sports Medicine Center.
Altunaiji opened the meeting which was held the day before yesterday at the premises of the NOC in the presence of Mohammed bin Darwish, Executive Director of the NOC. He thanked HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, President of the NOC, for the unlimited support to the Olympic movement and the sports sector.
He briefed attendees of the decision of forming the Sports Medicine Committee comprising of Dr Mohamed Alswaini from Dubai Health Authority, Dr Abdullah Baroon from the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, Dr Farhat Fadhloun, Dr Abdulla Alrahoomi, Dr. Murat Dalkling, Dr Ramzy Ross and Kamel Abdalla, Rapporteur of the Committee.
The participants discussed how to improve the medical services offered to athletes in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Protection and other health authorities. Discussions also covered improving the efficiency of personnel in the sports medicine field through scientific and educative means like seminars, conferences, lectures and publications under the umbrella of the National Olympic Committee.
“The Sports Medicine Committee of the National Olympic Committee is constantly seeking to improve the medical level service for our athletes in various sporting events, especially as they represent the nation in major events worldwide,” said Altunaiji
“The committee’s role is to provide health and medical services and help athletes to perform in the best possible way as they bear the responsibility of representing the nation. The Sports Medicine Committee has to spread the knowledge and to reach all sports personnel through fruitful partnerships and constructive ideas and proposals, to promote the best scientific practices in sports medicine and sports sciences.
“It will enable us to maintain the health of athletes and explore their potential and drive them to the highest level of physical performance and fair play. We also aspire to achieve the vision of a committee aimed at building a healthy sports society capable of playing a leadership role in the practice of sports medicine and sports sciences,” he added.
“The Committee is conducting studies and preparing comprehensive reports to find out the alternatives for providing medical treatment to athletes following the closure of the Sports Medicine Center. We have commissioned committee members to prepare reports on different alternatives to the Sports Medicine Center, without a stop or delay. The committee will hold periodic meetings to follow up on matters and developments in this regard.
“The meeting introduced members and reviewed business procedures between them to enhance the entire sports structure. A visual presentation was made highlighting the role of the sports medicine system locally and regionally. It also discussed the strategic plans and roles of the team members. We have classified the medical services provided by the Sports Medicine Committee into two categories. The first for periodic tests that take place naturally without link with sports competitions. The second precedes the events in which our athletes participate inside or outside the country.
“The Sports Medicine Committee will activate partnerships with various entities. Partnerships will be forged with several national bodies including the National Anti-Doping Committee to benefit from their efforts and programs in protecting athletes from doping. Educational sessions will be held for therapists and medical staff at clubs and federations as well as medical delegations accompanying our sports teams in external events to refine their performance and keep them updated on all developments,” concluded Dr. Altunaiji