After three years of the Doha GOALS Forum taking place at the Aspire Zone in Qatar, 2015 was a perfect time to reach a new audience and encourage new partnerships on the shores of the Pacific in Los Angeles, California.
The first motivation for holding the fourth Doha GOALS Forum in Los Angeles was the opportunity to coincide with the opening of the Special Olympics World Games. Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, has been a member of the Doha GOALS Advisory Board since its inception in early 2012. The World Games, with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries, will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year.
The second reason was the power of California, and Los Angeles in particular, in the realm of sports. Doha GOALS is part of Qatar’s vision of becoming a leading sports nation by 2030. California has long been a treasure house of sporting prowess, with universities that win more Olympic medals than most nations, enormous reserves of talented young athletes, and wildly successful professional teams in all of the major U.S. sports.
Finally, Los Angeles is a world leader in hosting global sporting events, having hosted two Olympiads and a World Cup final. The venue for this year’s Doha GOALS Forum is where the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Kings call home.