FIFA chief Infantino to speak at Dubai International Sports Conference

Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern Muenchen receives the FIFA Men's Player 2020 trophy by FIFA president Gianni Infantino during the FIFA The BEST Awards ceremony on December 17, 2020 in Munich, Germany.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will deliver the keynote address at Dubai International Sports Conference scheduled to be held at at Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa on Sunday.

Juventus and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo, Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeping legend Iker Casillas, and Bayern Munich’s top scorer FIFA Players of the Year award winner Robert Lewandowski will also speak at the conference.

A Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiative, this year’s Dubai International Sports Conference is taking place on Dec.27 at Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, under the theme ‘Football at the Top’.

Infantino has been a regular guest at the Dubai International Sports Conference and has featured in six previous editions since his first appearance in 2011, when he addressed the conference as Secretary General of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 

He also participated in the conference as a candidate for the presidency of the International Football Federation in 2016, and used the platform to present his manifesto as well as his vision and plans for the development of international football.

Organised under the patronage of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, by Dubai Sports Council, the conference has been bringing football’s top stakeholders together since 2006 for extensive discussions on ways to develop and enrich the sport at the domestic, regional and international level.

Infantino has returned to the conference every year since 2016, except last year, but he will be back as chief guest this year and his keynote will focus on the role football plays in promoting peace across the globe, as well as values like tolerance, inclusivity and equality, and in bringing diverse people together.

Sheikh Mansoor, on behalf of Dubai Sports Council, had invited the FIFA President to speak at the Conference that the council organises annually as a global platform for the development of football in the country, the region and the world.

Infantino’s acceptance of the invitation is a confirmation of the close relationship between FIFA and Dubai Sports Council, and Infantino’s appreciation of the Conference and the role it plays in the development of world football.

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