AFC chief Sheikh Salman lays stress on medical conference

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa underlined the importance of the fifth AFC medical conference that commenced here on Monday, saying it is aimed at development of medicine and science in the sport.

The conference, to be held here for the next three days, will provide cutting edge, evidence-based scientific information in the field of sports and medicine, courtesy of a plethora of experts from numerous fields, Over 600 delegates are scheduled to attend the event.

Shaikh Salman reiterated the AFC’s recognition of the importance of science and medicine in the development of the game and the care of the players.

“The aim of the 5th AFC Medical Conference is to explore the latest issues and updates in sports medicine to ensure that the AFC and football in Asia are at the forefront of innovation and excellence’” Shaikh Salman was quoted as saying in a release by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Monday.

“The development in football, as well as the philosophy behind the game’s tactical and technical approach, has evolved considerably in recent years,” he said.

“As you will recognise, the demands of high-level competition have had an impact on the physical and mental condition of players – both on and off the pitch.”

“It is therefore vital for the well-being of the players that we continue our investment in scientific research in the sports science, technology and medicine for the protection players’ health as well as enhancement of their performance.”

“Today, the AFC are glad to provide a crucial platform that should ensure football in Asia maintains its position and reputation for being at the cutting edge of sports medicine and science,” the president concluded.

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