Present at the UN General Assembly during the annual debate on “Sport for development and peace”, Omar Hilale presented sports policy in Morocco and its multidimensional role in the effort to educate and protect the youth.
“The multidimensional role of sport is at the heart of the policy implemented in Morocco under the far-sighted leadership of HM King Mohammed VI”, said Thursday in New York, the ambassador, permanent representative of Morocco to the UN.
The diplomat noted that the multidimensional role of sport is at the heart of the Royal Letter addressed to the participants in the National Sports Conference, held in Bouznika on October 24, 2008, which underlines the need to expand access to sport for men and women. women from all walks of life, qualifying sport as a strong lever for human development, inclusion, social cohesion and the fight against poverty, exclusion and marginalization.
In his speech, Hilale said that sport, well beyond the training of champions, also requires the establishment of the necessary infrastructure and the promulgation of related laws.
“Sport is not only a means of entertainment, well-being, or allowing participation in regional, continental and international competitions, but also relies on projects and major development projects”, he explained.
And to add: “It is one of the tributaries of socio-economic development in Morocco. In addition, the 2011 Constitution gave new impetus to the dynamic set in motion by the Royal Guidelines, by endorsing sport as a right to which access must be guaranteed to citizens by the public authorities, thus offering a benchmark of choice to the public. national strategy for the promotion of sports practice ”.
The Ambassador took as an example the annual open race titled ” 10 km for peace ” which is held every April 6 in Morocco, since 2007, in commemoration of the international day of sport for peace and for development. On a global and continental level, the Kingdom has successfully organized a very large number of sports activities and events.
Sport, a lever for education and protection of youth
Omar Hilale also highlighted the importance of sports policy to educate and protect youth, so that it contributes to building a better and peaceful world, ” a noble objective with which Morocco has always been associated, by becoming co-authors of the various resolutions on the subject ”.
In this context, the Ambassador welcomed the adoption, by consensus, of a resolution “very important ” presented by China and co-sponsored by Morocco under the title “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”.
At the same time, the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN congratulated the Chinese government and people who, after having hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, are preparing to organize the Winter Olympics, in 2022, which will make Beijing the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
The Ambassador also wished every success to the State of Qatar, the next host of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, which will be the first of its kind in the Middle East and the Arab world.
Bill on the manipulation of sports competitions
Omar Hilale’s speech on Morocco’s sports policy comes on the very day of the adoption by the Council of Government of Bill No. 78.21 approving the Council of Europe Convention on the manipulation of sports competitions .
This convention, the bill of which was presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Nasser Bourita, “Aims to fight against the manipulation of sports competitions, to preserve the integrity of sport and to ensure respect for the rules of good sporting conduct”.
Note that the Council of Europe Convention on the manipulation of sports competitions was adopted on September 18, 2014 in Macolin, Switzerland, and signed by Morocco on September 20, 2021 in Strasbourg, France.
It establishes a common European and international framework aimed at the development of sport by basing it on pluralist democratic bases and on human rights. In fact, its objectives are the prevention, detection and sanction of national and cross-border manipulation of national and international sports competitions.