MUBS organizes the “Sports Challenges and Opportunities in Lebanon” Conference

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Under the Patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Mohamed Fneich, the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) organized a sports conference to meet the challenges faced by the sports sector in Lebanon. The event took place on June 6 at the University’s auditorium in the Spears campus- Beirut. The aim of the conference was finding ways to overcome the existing complexities of the political situation and sectarian influences on sports and the need to secure other forms of funds and resources for its development.

The Dean of the British Academy in Lebanon, Dr. Samer Hamzeh, who delivered the opening speech at the conference, welcomed the attendees and spoke of the uniqueness of the new Master’s program in Sport and Leadership Management offered at MUBS in full partnership with Cardiff Met University, a leading university in Sport achievements in the UK, and the Beirut Marathon Association, another leading association in changing the sport culture in Lebanon.

Mr. Ezzat Kraytem, Head of the Lebanese Olympic Committee and Sport Management & Leadership Programme Director at MUBS, discussed the role of the Lebanese Olympic Committee in installing a culture of sport in the Lebanese communities and the importance of the new Master’s program offered at MUBS in benefiting the sport body with high caliber educated members at such high standards of Sport and Leadership levels.

The Beirut Marathon Association, a partner in the Sport Management and Leadership program with MUBS and Cardiff Met was represented by Mr. Peter Murakade, its CEO, who discussed the escalating success the organization has experienced since its inception and noted how the newly offered program at MUBS could benefit the association and other entities on the sport scene in Lebanon and the neighboring countries.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MUBS Dr. Hatem Alamy, started his address by thanking the Minister of Youth and Sports for his patronage and attendance. Dr. Alamy went on to discuss the development of sport management and how Lebanese universities should provide the most distinguished academic qualifications to go in par with the promising success achieved by young Lebanese athletes recently, through offering them renowned programs. Candidates from the Sport and Leadership Master’s program offered at MUBS will graduate with the necessary academic and practical competencies. They will become the future contributors in creating a positive environment cultivating a sports learning environment capable of placing Lebanese athletes and sporting industries on the global map.

His Excellency the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Mohamed Fneish thanked the University for organizing this conference and highlighted its importance in setting priorities and identifying the most imperative challenges, stressing upon the importance of incorporating such sports cultural events and the positive role sports play in supporting youth and protecting them from possible deviations. Mr. Fneish also congratulated MUBS on the recent achievement of its basketball team in the "Belgrade International Universites Tournement - Best 2017" in Serbia.


The opening ceremony was followed by two sessions:

First session: ‘Evolution of sport sector in Lebanon – The case of the Lebanese Basketball’

Session Chair: Brigadier George El-Hed, Commander of the Higher Center for Military Sports

Participants: Mr. Pierre Kakhia, President of the Basketball Federation of Lebanon

Mr. Fadi El Khatib, Captain of the Lebanese Basketball National team

Mr. Ghayath Dibra, a prominent sport journalist at LBCI

Mr. Tamam Jaroudi, Vice President of Al Riyadi Sporting Club

Mr. Ahmad Farran, Head Coach of Al Riyadi Basketball team


Second session: ‘Tools & Mechanisms for sports development’

Participants: Colonel Paul Saliba, Representative of the Higher Centre for Military Sports

Dr. Bachir Abdel Khalek the Technical Director at the Lebanese Paralympic Committee

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