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New Delhi: Participants at the ongoing 5th AFC Medical Conference have given the three-day gathering a resounding thumbs up.

With the aim of achieving football excellence through evidence based sports science and medicine, the highly acclaimed event in the Indian capital is being attended by some 600 delegates from a staggering 67 countries.

“This conference is a knowledge bank,” declared Daniel Deigan, an Australian Sports Scientist presently based in India and working with the national football teams.

“The sessions are educative. Not only I have learnt new concepts, but I have been lucky enough to brush up on some of my fundamentals. All in all, I’m in love with the conference,” he added.

The conference, the first of its kind to be held in South Asia, has attracted a wide range of practitioners, with doctors, sports psychologists, nutritional experts, physiotherapy and rehabilitation experts, coaches, fitness instructors as well as sports scientists all benefitting from the wide-ranging topics being discussed.

“The AFC Medical Conference has provided us with an opportunity to grow in our trade. It has already been a happy learning experience and we all are basking in knowledge,” Ms. Zohreh Haratian, an AFC Medical Committee Member from Iran and a doctor by profession, said, adding that the conference was an “amazing learning experience.”

“With education, training and informative conferences such as these, we can bring a drastic change to the sports science world while improving the quality of sports scientists and medical staff across Asia and the world.”

“I am honored to be a participant here and I hope that the Asian Football Confederation will conduct more conferences such as this in the future.”

With the conference affording so many opportunities to learn, there has, perhaps not surprisingly, been a sizeable number of students in attendance.

“The Medical Conference is helping us to understand the tenacity of sports science. The implications and uses of sports science that have been taught at the conference will help us become better in our trade,” explained Heena Bhargava, a Student of Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Physiotherapy.

“It has been an enlightening experience which is evolving us into better physiotherapists, Sports Scientists and Physical Trainers,” Heena concluded.

The 5th AFC Medical Conference is scheduled to close on Wednesday.

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