His Majesty King Hamad yesterday issued Decree 61/2021, establishing the General Sports Authority (GSA).
His Majesty also issued decree 63 of 2021 repealing clause 5 of paragraph 4 of article 1 of decree 17 of 2019, restructuring the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs.
The GSA will be affiliated with the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) and the sports affairs minister will be responsible for it before the Cabinet and the legislative branch.
The GSA will have a board of directors comprising nine members, including the chairman, deputy chairman and the minister. They will be appointed as per a Royal decree, based on the nomination of the SCYS, and serve for a renewable four-year term. It will also have a chief executive officer, appointed as per a Royal decree, based on the nomination of the board of trustees and the SCYS.
The Prime Minister and ministers – each in their capacity – will implement the provisions of the decree which takes effect upon publication in the Official Gazette.
His Majesty’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs and SCYS chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa thanked the King and praised his keenness to back the field of sports in Bahrain and keep its organisation in line with global developments.
Shaikh Nasser also hailed the support of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Prime Minister, to the field of sports.
SCYS first deputy chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa said that the move reflected the King’s keenness to support efforts to develop the country’s sports sector.
Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Ayman Almoayyed paid tribute to His Majesty for issuing the decree and also praised the efforts of HRH Prince Salman to develop the kingdom’s sports sector.
SCYS vice-president Shaikh Daij in Salman Al Khalifa and SCYS secretary general Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa also praised His Majesty for issuing the Royal decree.