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Second Middle East Transplant Games
29th – 31st October, 2007
Organ Transplantation has proven its success not only in saving lives but also in returning patients to an active normal life in which they practice their hobbies and other activities such as sports. World Transplant Games were established to prove this point. In these games hundreds of transplant patients compete for medals in various games.
Kuwait has been selected by the World Health Origination (WHO) to organize the 3rd world day for Organ Donation and Transplantation on 28th October 2007 honoring its excellent record and achievements in kidney transplantation field that even will be organized simultaneously with the second Middle East Transplant Games on 29th – 31st October 2007.
The first Middle East Transplant Games were held in Kuwait in 2001 with participation of 70 athletes from 10 countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Sudan, Tunisia, Jordan, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Kuwait. The athletes competed in a friendly atmosphere. This encouraged several countries to participate in the following World Transplant Games for the first time.
The Saudi Arabia participated in the World Transplant Games in Japan 2001 and the Sudanese transplant team participated in Canada 2005, while the Kuwaiti, Turkish, Iranian and Pakistani teams had participated at earlier games in Australia in 1997.
Following this successful beginning the Federation of the Middle East Transplant Games was established in October 2004 with representatives from Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Sudan, Libya, Jordan and Kuwait. The federation was kept under the umbrella of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation (MESOT).
We are pleased to invite all MESOT countries to send their transplant athletes to these Games which include athletics, swimming, table tennis and bowling. In order to ensure maximum number of participants, the organizing committee has decided to make the cost of registration, accommodation and meals for each participant only 250 USD.
BBC Interview with Dr Mustafa Al-Mousawi: