"Sports is not a hobby, it becomes a part of your health, and a part of your daily routine, because good health is important to staying active. So, we cannot look at it as entertainment; there’s no time or mood for entertainment. You’re living with the war, the killing, with terrorism. So, this is the only hobby that has become a habit, a daily habit depending on the time and circumstances."

  From President Assad's Mail On Sunday Interview, June 10, 2018.



 "What the National Syrian Team accomplished is but a national status before being a sportive one and in strong indication that the terrorist war imposed on Syria for years has not weakened the will of the Syrians but boosted their strength, determination and togetherness,"

President Bashar Al-Assad upon receiving the Syrian Football National Team, October 23, 2017.

 "The development of the National Football Team under the difficult circumstances Syria passes through is itself an accomplishment as to build upon and pursue the development and upgrading and sharping potentialities in preparations for coming championships,"

President Bashar Al-Assad upon receiving the Syrian Football National Team, October 23, 2017.

"Such accomplishments by the Syrians in different fields would have been not achieved had it not been for the success and victories achieved by the Syrian Army and Armed Forces against terrorists and had it not been for the steadfastness of the Syrian People against the fiercest war imposed on Syria in modern history,"

President Bashar Al-Assad upon receiving the Syrian Football National Team, October 23, 2017.


"What the Syrian Sports Men and Women achieved of victories and achievements hoisting the Syrian Flag in international competitions, though of the many years crisis, is in itself  a kind of defense for Syria against the imposed on it."

H.E. President Bashar Al-Assad, July  19, 2017.





''Real supremacy in sport is not only measured with winning, but with sport morals and spirit of teams, clubs, and players.''

From H.E.'s Statements to Al-Ittihad Club players, Aleppo, North Syria, (November 13, 2010)

 ''The main challenge is how to organize time…you can't do your job when your family relations are not good or when your health is not good. Therefore, sport is important. Sport and family are part of the job, and it's unreasonable to work for all the citizens and not to work for your family too. There is a kind of balance which is very necessary. It is important to be successful in organizing our time, and I believe one of the reasons of backwardness in the East is not setting priorities in life. This is something I'm always keen to achieve."

From H.E.'s TRT TV Interview(October 6, 2010)


“The more pressures , the more we need to work; and the more our need for the work is, the more is our need for more sport practicing; hence we can not think in a correct manner, nor sit on a chair for long hours without practicing sport on a regular basis and for long hours.’’

 From HE’s Speech to the Syrian Sportsmen& Sportswomen,  (December 9, 2007)

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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