FNC passes UAE draft law on sports body 

The Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday passed a federal draft law regarding the establishment of the Emirates Centre of Arbitration for Sports following amending of some articles and introducing new ones.

The 11th session of the First Ordinary Session of the 16th Legislative Chapter was chaired by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the FNC, and attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for FNC Affairs.

Speaking at the outset of the session. Dr. Al Qubaisi lauded the UAE for pledging $20 million (Dh73.4m) to support small-and-medium-sized enterprises in Yemen. The first phase will cover the cities of Aden and Al Mukalla, before expanding to other areas.

”The initiative comes within the context of the UAE’s continuous role and mission within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen and support peace there by extending generous contributions to support development and stimulate the economy towards recovery and growth so as to generate job opportunities in order to strengthen political, economic and social stability,” she said.

”The latest initiative is yet another milestone to be added to the UAE’s bright record of honourable humanitarian and developmental stances towards the Yemeni brethren,” she added.

Al Qubaisi also highlighted the creation yesterday of a joint co-ordination council between Saudi Arabia and the UAE to maintain co-ordination and consultations on a wide range of topics of mutual concern.

The house committee on education, youth, media and culture held eight meetings to prepare the recommendations on the bill.

In his capacity as chairman of General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak said the new centre will be the exclusive federal tribunal to settle disputes related to sports activities as per rules of law, justice and efficiency and keep fruitful partnerships with local and overseas stakeholders to promote good practices that preserve the outstanding image of the state at international sports events.

”The bill was drafted with transparency and active engagement of all stakeholders to have clear objectives. Today, we share with you your commitment to draft and pass the law as quickly as possible and to affirm the vital importance of sports in the life of both, individuals and community,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

Sports, he stressed, has a significant role in embedding the values of hard work, achievement, peace, fair competition and happiness.

”The centre will be an integral part of the sports sector in the state and its creation underscores the state’s interest in being a leader in this field,” he added.

The 15-article law says, ”A centre for sports arbitration shall be established and enjoy a Juridical personality and financial and administrative independence and full legal capacity to fulfil the objectives it was set for.

The centre will be headquartered in Abu Dhabi and may open branches in other emirates.

The terms of reference include dissemination of the culture of arbitration and reconciliation in the sports sector, consolidation of its relations with other bodies specialising in arbitration within the UAE and abroad and building partnerships and co-operation with UAE and international partners.

The centre will be run by a six-member council for sports arbitration to be chaired by the chairman of the National Olympics Committee. Each member will serve a term of four years, subject to renewal.