Some students from the Wharton Sports Business Academy's class of 2012 will be visiting Doha, Qatar from December 10th to the 12th for the fully funded Doha GOALS Forum.
Doha GOALS Forum was created as the premier platform for world leaders to advance in the sports industry. The Doha GOALS community is full of world-class athletes, policymakers, media personalities, NGO leaders, private sector leaders, and federations.
Qatar has quickly become one of the most exciting sporting destinations in the world. A main attraction is the $2.8 billion infrastructure investment which includes the Qatar MotoGP track, the five-floor ultra-modern Hamad Aquatic Centre and the inconic Aspire Dome, from which the Emir launched the Aspire Academy's Football Dreams Project. For the past seven years, the Project has scouted more than two million youth footballers from across the globe. A main factor that helped secure Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
The Speakers listed include some of the following Sports Professionals:
- Bernt Aasen, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF
- Professor Lev Belousov, CEO, Russian International Olympic University, Russia
- Stephane Bermon, Sports Physician and Exercise Physiologist, Monaco Institute of Sports Medicine and Surgery, France
- Hou Bin, triple Paralympian Champion and Vice President, Beijing 2008, China
- Nik Gowing, International Journalist and Broadcaster, UK
- Stephane Houdet, World Number 1 Wheelchair Tennis Player, France
- Carl Lewis, Sportsman of the Century (I.O.C.), Olympic Champion, Track & Field, USA
- Catherine Mabwi, Head Coach, Talent Academy Volleyball, Kenya
- Lalit Modi, Founder, Indian Premier League, India
- Phil De Picciotto, Founder and President, Octagon, US
- Oscar Pistorius, Paralympian, athletics, and Olympic semi-finalist, South Africa
- Mark Spitz, Olympic Champion, Swimming
- Claude Ruibal, Head of Sports, YouTube/Google, UK
- Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame Sports Broadcaster, CBS, USA