Times of Oman
Price in RO
24ct / gm
22ct / gm
Forex Rates vs R01
Back to Homepage
British Ambassador congratulates on the launch of the new Omantel Professional Football League
September 11, 2013 , 11 : 01 pm GST
SAVE THIS ARTICLE
Jamie Bowden, British Ambassador to the Sultanate
I warmly congratulate Oman on the launch of the new Omantel Professional Football League and am delighted also to convey the following message from the English Football Association.
"The Football Association congratulates the Oman Football Association upon the launch of Oman's first fully professional football league. The professionalisation of football is an important step in the development of the game, and paves the way for an exciting future for the sport. We are aware of the time and energy that the Omani football authorities have invested in taking this step, and we are sure that it will bear fruit for clubs, players and the game as a whole".
I wish the league the very best and look forward to seeing it blossom over the coming years and giving inspiration to Oman's many football players and fans. Our own leagues in the UK have long been a source of inspiration for children and adults alike in the UK and around the world.
Heroes like David Beckham and Oman's own Ali Al Habsi, encourage people into healthy activity and social interaction through sport. We wanted this contribution that sport offers to society to be the legacy of the London Olympic Games for young people in the UK and around the world. Our slogan for those games was thus 'inspire a generation'. One year on a great deal of work is underway in the UK to give young people the opportunity to fulfil their sporting potential.
I have been struck in my two years here that Oman has the same understanding of the benefits that that sport can bring to society at large. The continued investment in sport in this country demonstrates, as many commentators have already pointed out, His Majesty the Sultan's care for his people.
As with so many aspects of the bilateral relationship between the UK and Oman the sporting friendship is flourishing. We were proud last year to be associated with UK company Kickworldwide's outreach programme in Oman.
I was thrilled also to see the Omani national football team in the UK recently to play Reading FC and Crystal Palace – recently promoted to the English Premier League and I congratulate them on their victory over Reading. As the temperatures drop we look forward to seeing Oman's beautiful open spaces filled once more with people enjoying a game of football, perhaps aspiring to playing for their favourite Omantel Professional League club.
British Ambassador to the Sultanate
Rate this Article
Rates : 2, Average : 3
Post a Comment
Did you like this section? Leave a comment!
Your Name :
Your Email Address :
Your Comment :
Enter ImageText here:
No Comments Posted
Latest in this section
WMS team gearing up to stamp their mark in UAE
Ton-up Taylor anchors Kiwis
Not scared of Johnson: Flower
Sneijder sinks Juves to send Gala to last 16
Exciting ties on card in last 8 stage
TOP RATED ARTICLES
Man on wrong flight delays take-off by 1hr
Oman paid Musical tributes to Mandela
Six killed in road mishaps
Fahad Al Mukarashi
World leaders, South Africans say rainy, raucous farewell to Mandela
Embarrassed to ‘overtake Viv’
More in News
How to choose your writing form and communicate your creative thoughts
Natasja Engholm - Special to Times of Oman
Indonesia's illegal dentists bite back after ban
Albanian cannabis fiefdom at heart of European traffic
Asia's animators draw inspiration from Miyazaki
Splash 'Forever More'
Times News Service
More in Features
I would have voted yes to Scottish independence
Musharraf is ready for trial, but is the government?
Of Middle East and the Arab winter
France ill at ease with US policy shift in M-E
The harsh reality of mass migration from Syria
More in Columns
Get Top news by E-mail.
Copyright © 2012 Muscat Press & Publishing House SAOC. All rights reserved. Times of Oman is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
For reprint rights contact:
TOO Online Editorial