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Federation Internationale de Football Association

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FIFA football sports medicine media conference on 20 November in Bangkok

FIFA will hold a media conference at 13.30 on Saturday, 20 November at the Radisson Hotel in Bangkok on the occasion of the FIFA Medical Instructional Course (FMIC), a one-day course for over 150 Thai football medical specialists, featuring lectures and presentations from top experts in the world of football sports medicine.

Attending the media conference will be Mr Worawi Makudi (Thailand), FIFA Executive Committee member, Chairman of the FIFA Committee for Women's Football and FIFA Women's Competitions and General Secretary of the Football Association of Thailand, Dr Michel D’Hooghe (Belgium), FIFA Executive Committee member and Chairman of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee, Prof. Dr Jiri Dvorak (Switzerland), FIFA Chief Medical Officer and FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) Chairman, and Dr Paisal Chantarapitak (Thailand), Chairman of the Medical Committee  at the Football Association of Thailand and Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chief Medical Officer.

Following the welcome address by Mr Makudi and Dr D’Hooghe, Dr Dvorak will outline the objectives of F-MARC and FIFA’s medical development programmes, the future development of football medicine in collaboration with confederations and FIFA member associations, highlight the achievements of F-MARC programmes since its establishment in 1994, address FIFA’s long-term strategies in the fight against doping as well as various other topics in connection with football sports medicine.

The 13.30 media conference will take place in the Tubtim Siam Room (24th floor) of the Radisson Hotel.

The day’s FMIC programme, oriented towards football physicians and physiotherapists in Thailand, will cover topics ranging from players’ health and performance, incidence and prevention of football injuries and other football sports medical matters.

Event: FIFA Medical Instructional Course Media Conference Location: Tubtim Siam Room (24th floor), Radisson Hotel Bangkok, 92 Soi Saengcham, Rama 9 Road Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10320 Date/Time: Saturday, 20 November at 13.30

Note to editors:

All members of the media are welcome to attend as no specific accreditation is needed for this media conference. Translation will be available in English and Thai.

FIFA Communications Division Bangkok, 17 November 2004 Media Release N°13