Secretary-General of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Dr Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, launched a master's degree programme in sports law by Qatar Olympic Academy.
The International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia, and the Association of National Olympic Committees are cooperating with QOC for this course. Speaking at the launch, Al Kuwari said that they were proud to get approval to offer the programme, the first of its kind in the Middle East. The Secretary-General said the need for such education was realised given the increasing number of incidents in the region that require legal experts in sports law. He noted that the first year will see the curriculum offered in English, the following years will then see it offered in Arabic. The hope is that this will raise awareness on the legal side of sports regionally and internationally. It could also help participants present legal cases to regional and international entities. A total of 14 people can enrol in the one-year programme.