The Executive Organizing Committee of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) “Bahrain 2024” signed a memorandum of understanding with the American University of Bahrain (AUBH), under which the university will host three games as part of the ISF Gymnasiade 2024 that the Kingdom will host in October of next year.
The agreement was signed during a press conference held by the Executive Organizing Committee and the International School Sport Federation to announce the countdown to the Kingdom’s hosting of the largest school games in history. This edition of ISF Gymnasiade is held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The signing ceremony was held at the University’s headquarters in Riffa, in the presence of Ishaq Abdullah Ishaq, Chairman of the Executive Organizing Committee of the International School Sport Federation “Bahrain 2024” and Dr. Bradley J. Cook, President of the American University of Bahrain.
This agreement aligns with the University’s desire to extend bridges of cooperation with the executive committee in hosting the largest sporting event in the Kingdom’s history. Under this MoU, initiatives offered include the provision of volunteering and training opportunities for AUBH students.
The American University of Bahrain will in turn provide facilities for the Executive Organizing Committee of the International School Sport Federation by hosting three main games – chess, rhythmic gymnastics, and aerobic gymnastics – on its 75,000-square-meter campus.
Ishaq Abdullah Ishaq, Chairman of the Executive Organizing Committee, ISF Gymnasiade 2024, confirmed that all efforts are being made to ensure the success of Bahrain’s hosting of the 2024 ISF Gymnasiade, the largest sporting event in terms of the number of participants. He thanked the University, saying, “We are pleased to establish a partnership with the American University of Bahrain to begin a long-term fruitful relationship, and we look forward to providing the University students with exclusive media training opportunities that will contribute to providing them with the necessary skills to help them exceed in the labor market.”
On this occasion, Dr. Bradley J. Cook, President of the American University in Bahrain, expressed his full confidence in the ability of the Kingdom of Bahrain to provide factors of success for this edition, noting that AUBH always looks forward to supporting the sports movement in Bahrain in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is preparing to host the 10-day ISF Gymnasiade in October 2024, with the participation of 80 countries around the world, 5,000 students, and 25 different sports, including swimming, gymnastics, free basketball, fencing, taekwondo, wrestling, karate, judo, table tennis, badminton, tennis, handball, tourist volleyball, dance, chess, spear, arrows, paralympic games, judo, athletics, rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics, and aerobics. 14 sites have been allocated to host these different games.