Playing together

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Maged Samir

WATANI International

22 February 2009



Earlier this month saw some 130 teenagers and 45 trainers from 16 countries gathered at the Olympic Centre in Maadi, Cairo, for the international football and handball training camp. The young men and women hailed from Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the UAE and Yemen.

The camp, run by the Global Sports Fund, aimed at providing young people with the opportunity of training in the various sports as well as providing them with the chance to make new friends from different countries and learn about other cultures.

The camp also focused on highlighting the dangers of drug abuse and other negative habits.  Sessions included discussions on clean play, teamwork, and respect for sports rules. Participants are given full support upon their return to their different countries to carry on using these skills, practicing sports and benefiting their communities.

Similar training camps were held before in Lebanon and Qatar in an attempt to bring together young people from conflicting countries. The camps were initiated by the UN office for drug and crime control and the Qatari Olympic Committee.

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