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Before the World Cup, a conference on “Sports, Politics, and Society” was held at the Arab Center in Doha.

Twenty scholars, participating in eight sessions, opened the symposium’s activities today, on Saturday, at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies’ headquarters in Doha. The symposium, “Sports, Politics, and Society,” was planned over two days. “Omran”.

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar between November 20 and December 18, and the symposium will take place during that time.

Mahfouz Emara, an associate professor of sports policies and administration at Qatar University, presented a paper titled “Global and Local Trends in Sports Studies in the Arab Region” in the first session, which was titled “Social Sciences and Their Contribution to the Study of the Sports Phenomenon.

” He concluded his paper with an accountability related to the richness of constructivist epistemology and its challenges in the Arab world.Haider Saeed, the director of the Arab Center’s research division, spoke on the topic of the evolution of the study of sports in Western social sciences, particularly European ones, since the 1960s in a paper titled “Social Sciences and the Mathematical Phenomenon” during the same session.

The possibility of pacifying the study of sports as a subject in the field of cultural studies was where he stopped after exposing the major trends in this area. If the latter had evolved as a transfer of the study of culture from prehistoric societies to capitalist societies, then sport would have played a significant role in this shift as one of the most significant cultural features of contemporary societies.

The second session was devoted to talking about “the cultural impact of hosting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” and Saad Al-Shammari, a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina in the United States, and Sunaid Al-Daiya Al-Marri, a professor of sports management at Qatar University, provided an analysis of the cultural influences that the host nations experience. They also touched on the unique effects in Qatar.

Al-Marri emphasised “the significance of the event and deemed the tournament hosted by Qatar an opportunity that will only be replicated once,” highlighting how hosting may help alter the unfavourable perception of Arabs and Muslims that has developed in the West.

He emphasised that the study focuses on the cultural experiences of Qatari leaders, as well as what they hope to improve and how they intend to showcase the country’s Arab-Islamic culture through the World Cup.

According to Al-Shammari, the paper offers ideas and strategies on how to best capitalise on and use this influence for the benefit of the Qatari people and the Arab and Islamic nation, particularly given that Qatar is the first Arab Islamic nation to host this significant event.

The purpose of the article is to dispel misconceptions about the Arab world by bringing attention to the “golden chance” that Qatar and the Arab nations will have access to.

In his paper, “Media and Sports are Two Tools for Building and Marketing the National Brand: The Qatari Strategy as a Model,” Kamal Hamido, a professor of media at Qatar University, concentrated on the Qatari strategy based on using media and sports as two instruments of public diplomacy aimed at creating a positive international mental image of A newly emerging and small country with its geography, but it has become one of the major influential actors in the world,

Professor of Physical Education at Qatar University Wadih Ishaq discussed the different factors that led a number of Arab Gulf nations to invest in hosting significant or international sports events in his study, “Assessing the Social Impact of Qatar’s Hosting of International Sports Events.” Among them include bringing in tourists, enhancing one’s reputation, and fostering global contacts.

The second article was presented by Arab Center researcher Ahmed Qassem Hussein. “Sports in the sphere of international relations: How did positivist ideas treat the reality of sport?” the title of the essay read. He examined how the global sporting phenomenon had affected the international system to the extent that the International Football Association, or “FIFA,” was allowed to participate.

In terms of the capacity to mobilise, mobilise, administer, and arrange tournaments, to keep up with political parties in significant nations with impact in international affairs. Additionally, nations are now bound by the laws and regulations established by FIFA.

From this vantage point, the researcher made an effort to shed light on the influence of the sporting phenomenon on global politics, particularly given that sport in the modern world is no longer a pastime but rather a phenomenon that has been institutionalised globally, necessitating a careful examination of its influence on the theorising movement within the field of international relations.

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