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Taha Barwary, Minister of Sports and Youth, Kurdistan Regional Government

Taha Barwary was appointed the first ever Minister of Sports and Youth in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq in May 2006. Key to his role is improving access to sport for all and nurturing sport at grassroots and elite levels, to foster well-being and national cohesiveness and contribute to post-conflict recovery. In a region where over half of the population are younger than 20, Mr Barwary has pioneered policies within the framework of the Millenium Development Goals to empower young people and support their aspirations and development. Before his appointment Mr Barwary was the KRG Representative to the Nordic countries. A fluent Swedish and English speaker, Mr Barwary was Relations Director of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Sweden for over six years. He was also a member of the Iraqi National Congress, the umbrella group for the Iraqi opposition to Saddam Hussein's regime. Mr Barwary was born in Amadiya in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in 1962. He was forced into exile in Iran and later moved to Sweden. He returned to the Kurdistan Region in 2006 to serve as Minister for Sports and Youth.

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Speech from Taha Barwary

Many thanks Philip for that introduction. I am also delighted to offer my welcome to all of you who have joined us here at the Welsh Institute of Sport today.

And I am pleased to say that we are a truly international gathering - with speakers and participants travelling from around the UK and Europe, but also from the United States and the Middle East, to be with us here today.

I hope what follows over the next two days will prove an inspiration for all of us - opening doors to new collaborations and initiatives - creating opportunities to promote international sporting partnerships, increase participation in sports in local communities, and drive up sporting excellence on the international stage.

Before we begin that exciting process, I wanted to take a moment to speak to you briefly on three points:

  • Firstly to give you a quick sense of who we are, the Kurdistani people, and the sometimes difficult journey that has brought us here;
  • On the barriers and challenges we still face and how we can overcome them; and finally
  • On our vision for international and grassroots sporting engagement and what it can ultimately achieve.

We are a proud people. So it won't surprise you know that we take our sport very seriously, and pursue sporting recognition with passion and vigour.

We take great pride that Arbil FC - the team of our Region's capital - are the reigning national champions in Iraq for the last two years in a row. We fiercely supported the recent triumph of the Iraqi national side in the Asia Cup, and are determined that our own Kurdistan side that competes in the Viva World Cup for regions will go on to achieve similar success.

It would not be wrong to say that the passion we bring to our sports, at least in part, comes from our desire to celebrate the freedom we now enjoy after more than three decades of enduring immense hardships - through persecution and dictatorship, through embargoes and conflict, and eventually through the challenges of restoring our confidence and rebuilding our nation.

Kurdistan is an autonomous region of federal Iraq, with its own Regional Government. And after so many years of troubles and turmoils, our mission is to reconnect our region and our people with the wider world - through international relations, investment, trade, cultural exchanges, education - and crucially for all of us in this room, through sport.

Throughout the years, our sporting community - and the infrastructure on which it relies - has suffered badly from a lack of investment, lack of opportunities and lack of engagement. But having come through the hardships of the past to reach this point, we are now asking 'what are the challenges that remain, the barriers still to be overcome?'

I am going to suggest that they can be usefully thought of as participation and excellence.

We are keenly aware of the potential for sport to transform young lives and strengthen communities at a grassroots level. For this to happen though, sports must be inclusive of every sector of society.

For this reason we have made a commitment to extend access to sporting facilities and encourage participation in sport to the whole population - regardless of ethnicity or gender, age or ability.

For instance, in the wake of Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons there are many in the Kurdistan Region that are born with disabilities. Others may have lost limbs because of mines, bombings or torture.

It is essential therefore that we learn everything we can from the international community about how to open up sporting opportunities to people with disabilities. We hope to show that sport is for everyone, and to match this rhetoric with the specialist facilities and international support that can make it a reality. Through sport we believe we can help all of those that have suffered the effects of war to develop self-confidence, physical well-being and skills for life.

We have also been extremely active in promoting equality for women in recent years, fighting to ensure equal opportunities and the prevention of violence against women and children through annual campaigns. And sport, of course, is a perfect vehicle to enable women to play a fuller role public life and knock down the gender stereotypes that inevitably still exist.

In fact, the Ministry of Sport and Youth has successfully established three women's sports clubs since its creation two and a half years ago, but of course there is so much further to go. So we also want to learn how to promote a culture of female participation in sport, tackle social stigma and increasing role models for women.

The second principal challenge is excellence. While engagement is crucial at every level, we also want to inspire our young people not just to participate but to excel - and excellence requires greater investment and expertise.

We have seen years of under-investment, in sportspeople, in coaching staff, in facilities, in education, and in broader infrastructure. We are here to learn the lessons that can help us target our resources in ways that will be most effective. We need to find ways to work within the constitutional settlement agreed on in 2005 - to develop a world class sporting infrastructure within a federal Iraq.

This is where we are very keen to hear from our friends in the Sports Council Wales whose legacy of sporting participation is an inspiration to the Kurdistan Region. We are also very happy to welcome the Catalan Sports Council who successfully built a lasting legacy of sporting excellence in Catalonia.

Achieving excellence in sports is something that requires considerable understanding and expertise - and in this regard we very warmly welcome all of our expert contributors and participants today.

To further this within our region, we are determined to explore and promote the value of studying sport at the higher education level. Sport is already part of the school curriculum and there are physical education colleges, but all need to be developed and brought up to international standards. We hope that this meeting will help us to move towards this goal.

What then is our vision for the future? What can sport bring to a region and a people like ours?

The next generation
At present over 60 per cent of Iraq's population (including the Kurdistan Region) are aged between 14 and 30 years of age. These young people have spent the vast proportion of their lives under dictatorship.

Our dream is that the next generation of schoolchildren will leave behind the pain and violence of past years, and stand a real chance of becoming elite sports men and women.

Now is the chance to open the minds of young people to the world - not least the democratic world, to help them to overcome isolation through competitive sport, and to help them to develop vital teamwork and leadership skills which will carry them into adulthood. Young people will play a key role in our future prosperity, and sport will help them to rise to the challenge of the coming years.

International competitors
In time, we want our sportspeople - particularly our talented young stars - to have the chance to excel on the elite level and compete on an international stage.

In part this is about our ability to train and develop our own athletes to take their place in federal Iraq's national sides when competing in international competitions.

However, sport should be about regions not just nations. Countries with strong regions build strong sports. Just look at the success of such countries in the last Olympics - for instance the UK.

From our perspective, a strong Wales in the UK is like a strong Kurdistan in Iraq. The Welsh have elite athletes performing for Team GB at the Olympics, but also the Welsh rugby team can excel on the international stage. We hope hope that in the future we will field first-class teams to represent Kurdistan on the world stage.

And we are keen to share our experiences and ambitions with representatives from other international regions - from Catalonia and independent Kosovo - who may find themselves facing the same challenges and overcoming the same barriers.

A stronger society
Importantly we must recognize and cherish the benefits of sport that go well beyond simply individual health and well-being, and international achievement. Sport reaches deep down into the beating heart of any society; it helps drive up social mobility and local grassroots regeneration; it forges stronger communities, and - particularly in the case of Iraq - it acts as an important catalyst for peace.

This is why, for us, sport is key to achieving our Millennium Development Goals and key to the ongoing stability of the Kurdistan Region as it enters a new chapter of peace and harmony.

In fact, we have set down a Roadmap for what we hope sport can deliver for our region over the short- and long-term - from mass participation to supporting emotional and physical well-being. And, not least, strengthening our relationships with the rest of the world.

So this conference is very important for us - to encourage grassroots participation, to involve vulnerable groups, to learn more about how to organise and administrate a financially sustainable sports infrastructure, to develop an active democratic society, and to help us build a legacy of sporting excellence in the Kurdistan Region.

Finally, I'd like to set out a handful of very simple and specific ambitions for the conference.

I hope that relationships we cement today will - in the next two to three years - see young Welsh teams coming to Kurdistan to play our young club sides, and young Kurdistani coaches and sportspeople coming to learn first hand from Welsh expertise and excellence.

I also am keen to see our friendship grow at the elite level. We have recently launched a Sportsperson of the Year award - based on among others on the UK model - and I hope that a prominent Welsh sportsman or woman will agree to come out next year to present our award.

Finally, I am calling for the next conference of this kind to be held in Kurdistan. We would like to return the incredible hospitality of the Sports Council Wales, and the Welsh people, and invite you to see the progress we will have made thanks to the support and insight you have offered us on this visit.

I'd like to end by thanking everyone that has made this conference possible - the Sports Council Wales for their tremendous hospitality; all of our speakers - whose knowledge and expertise is invaluable; all our participants who have travelled here to join us; and finally the Kurdistan Regional Government's UK representation for its professional work in bringing all this together.

I'm going to leave you with a final, inspirational story that I hope captures the essence of what I've been saying. It is the story of a young man who is here with us today - and will speak to you later this morning.

Shaho Qadir is a young man who was born a Kurd and at the age of 21 had his legs blown off in a bomb attack on his village. Since then Shaho has gone on to become one of the fastest rising stars in disabled sport. He recently ran the New York Marathon, and completed the whole thing wrapped in a Kurdistani flag. His drive and ambition show every one of us what the human spirit is capable of.

However, though Shaho received funding from the Kurdistan Regional Government, it wasn't until he came to the UK that he was able to access the facilities and coaching support he needed to make the jump to becoming a renowned international athlete.

And it is this anomaly ladies and gentlemen, that we are here to solve. Our drive and our ambition is to make sure that no Kurdistani - whether disabled or able-bodied, male or female, rich or poor - should have to go abroad to find the investment and support they need to achieve such remarkable success.

Thank you very much.

Speech from Taha Barwary - WELSH

Llywodraeth Ranbarthol Kurdistan Cynhadledd Chwaraeon anerchiad i Taha Barwary, Y Gweinidog Chwaraeon ac Ieuenctid Rhagfyr 2008


Rwyf innau hefyd yn falch o allu croesawu pawb sydd wedi ymuno ni yma yn Athrofa Chwaraeon Cymru heddiw.

Ac maen bleser gennyf ddweud bod hwn yn gynulliad rhyngwladol iawn gydar siaradwyr ar cyfranogwyr i gyd wedi teithio o bob cwr or DG ac Ewrop, a hefyd or Unol Daleithiau ar Dwyrain Canol, i fod yma gyda ni heddiw.

Gobeithiaf y bydd yr hyn a ddigwydd yn ystod y deuddydd nesaf yn ysbrydoliaeth i ni i gyd gan agor drysau ar gydweithio or newydd a mentrau newydd, a chreu cyfleoedd i hybu partneriaethau chwaraeon rhyngwladol, cynyddu cyfranogiad mewn chwaraeon mewn cymunedau lleol a sicrhau rhagoriaeth mewn chwaraeon ar y llwyfan rhyngwladol.

Cyn i ni ddechrau ar y broses gyffrous hon, rwyf eisiau cymryd amser i siarad gyda chin fyr am dri phwynt:

  • I ddechrau, er mwyn rhoi syniad i chi o bwy ydym ni, pobl Kurdistan, ar siwrnai anodd weithiau sydd wedi ein tywys yma;
  • Am y rhwystrau ar sialensau rydym yn eu hwynebu o hyd a sut allwn ni eu goresgyn; ac yn olaf
  • Am ein gweledigaethM ar gyfer cymryd rhan mewn chwaraeon rhyngwladol ac ar lefel gyffredin a beth all hynny ei gyflawni yn y pen draw.

Rydym yn bobl falch, felly fyddwch chi ddim yn synnu ein bod o ddifrif ynghylch chwaraeon ac yn ceisio cydnabyddiaeth mewn chwaraeon gydag angerdd a brwdfrydedd mawr.

Rydym yn ymfalcho mai CPD Arbil tm prifddinas ein Rhanbarth sydd wedi bod yn bencampwyr cenedlaethol yn Irac am ddwy flynedd yn olynol. Rydym yn cefnogi buddugoliaeth ddiweddar carfan genedlaethol Irac yng Nghwpan Asia yn frwd ac yn benderfynol y bydd ein carfan ni o Kurdistan syn cystadlu yn Nghwpan y Byd Viva yn mynd ymlaen i sicrhau llwyddiant tebyg.

Ni fyddwn ymhell om lle yn dweud bod yr angerdd a welir yn ein chwaraeon yn deillion rhannol o leiaf on dyhead i ddathlur rhyddid rydym yn ei fwynhau erbyn hyn, wedi mwy na thri degawd yn dioddef caledi aruthrol drwy erledigaeth ac unbennaeth a thrwy embargo a gwrthdaro, ac yn y pen draw, drwyr her o adfer ein hyder ac ailadeiladu ein cenedl.

Mae Kurdistan yn rhanbarth syn perthyn i Irac ffederal, ond gydag ymreolaeth ai Lywodraeth Ranbarthol ei hun. Wedi cymaint o flynyddoedd o helynt a gwrthdaro, ein nod yw ailgysylltu ein rhanbarth an pobl gydar byd ehangach drwy gysylltiadau rhyngwladol, buddsoddiad, masnach, cyfnewid diwylliant, addysg ac - yn allweddol i bob un ohonom yn yr ystafell hon drwy chwaraeon.

Ar hyd y blynyddoedd, mae ein cymuned chwaraeon ar is-strwythur maen dibynnu arno wedi dioddef yn ddrwg o ddiffyg buddsoddiad, diffyg cyfleoedd a diffyg cyfranogiad. Ond wedi dod drwy caledir gorffennol a chyrraedd y pwynt hwn, rydym nawr yn gofyn beth ywr her sydd on blaenau o hyd a pha rwystrau sydd eto iw goresgyn?

Rwyf am awgrymu y gellir eu hystyried mewn ffordd ddefnyddiol fel cyfranogiad a rhagoriaeth.

Rydym yn ymwybodol iawn o botensial chwaraeon i drawsnewid bywydau ieuainc a chryfhau cymunedau ar lefel gyffredin. Er mwyn i hyn ddigwydd, serch hynny, maen rhaid i chwaraeon gynnwys pob sector yn y gymdeithas.

Or herwydd, rydym wedi gwneud ymrwymiad i ehangur mynediad i gyfleusterau chwaraeon ac annog cyfranogiad mewn chwaraeon ymhlith y boblogaeth yn gyffredinol heb ystyried ethnigrwydd, rhyw, oedran na gallu.

Er enghraifft, yn dilyn defnydd Saddam Hussein o arfau cemegol, ceir llawer yn Rhanbarth Kurdistan sydd wediu geni gydag anableddau. Mae eraill wedi colli aelodau ou cyrff oherwydd y bomiau daear a bomiau eraill yn gyffredinol, neu yn sgil cael eu harteithio.

Maen hanfodol felly ein bod yn dysgu popeth a allwn oddi wrth y gymuned ryngwladol am sut i greu cyfleoedd chwaraeon i bobl ag anableddau. Rydym yn gobeithio dangos bod chwaraeon ar gyfer pawb a chyfateb y rhethreg yma gyda chyfleusterau arbenigol a chefnogaeth ryngwladol a all sicrhau ei fod yn dod yn realiti. Drwy gyfrwng chwaraeon, rydym yn credu y gallwn helpu pawb sydd wedi dioddef o effeithiau rhyfel i ddatblygu hunanhyder, lles corfforol a sgiliau am oes.

Rydym hefyd wedi bod yn eithriadol weithgar yn hybu cydraddoldeb i ferched yn ystod y blynyddoedd diwethaf, gan frwydro i sicrhau cyfleoedd cyfartal ac i atal trais yn erbyn merched a phlant drwy gyfrwng ymgyrchoedd blynyddol. Ac mae chwaraeon, wrth gwrs, yn gyfrwng perffaith i alluogi i ferched chwaraeon rhan lawnach mewn bywyd cyhoeddus a dileur stereoteipiau rhyw sydd, yn anochel, yn dal i fodoli.

Yn wir, maer Gweinidog ar gyfer Chwaraeon ac Ieuenctid wedi llwyddo i sefydlu tri o glybiau i ferched ers iw swydd gael ei chreu ddwy flynedd a hanner yn l, ond mae llawer iw wneud eto wrth gwrs. Felly rydym hefyd eisiau dysgu sut i hybu diwylliant o ferched yn cymryd rhan mewn chwaraeon, delio r stigma cymdeithasol a chynyddur modelau rl ar gyfer merched.

Yr ail brif her yw rhagoriaeth. Er bod cynnwys yn allweddol ar bob lefel, rydym hefyd eisiau ysbrydoli ein pobl ieuainc nid yn unig i gymryd rhan ond i ragori ac mae rhagoriaeth yn galw am fwy o fuddsoddiad ac arbenigedd.

Rydym wedi gweld blynyddoedd o danfuddsoddiad mewn athletwyr, mewn staff hyfforddi, mewn cyfleusterau, mewn addysg ac mewn is-strwythur ehangach. Rydym yma i ddysgur gwersi a all ein helpu i dargedu ein hadnoddau yn y ffyrdd mwyaf effeithiol. Maen rhaid i ni ganfod ffyrdd o weithio oddi mewn ir setliad cyfansoddiadol a gytunwyd yn 2005 i ddatblygu is-strwythur chwaraeon o safon y byd yn Irac ffederal.

Dyma ble rydym yn awyddus iawn i ddysgu oddi wrth ein ffrindiau yng Nghyngor Chwaraeon Cymru, y mae eu traddodiad o gyfranogiad mewn chwaraeon yn ysbrydoliaeth i Ranbarth Kurdistan. Rydym hefyd yn awyddus iawn i groesawu Cyngor Chwaraeon Catalonia, sydd wedi llwyddo i sefydlu rhagoriaeth mewn chwaraeon yng Nghatalonia.

Mae sicrhau rhagoriaeth mewn chwaraeon yn galw am ddealltiwraeth ac arbenigedd sylweddol ac yn y cyswllt hwn, croesawn yn gynnes gyfraniadau ein holl arbenigwyr an cyfranogwyr heddiw.

I ddatblygu hyn ymhellach yn ein rhanbarth, rydym yn benderfynol o edrych ar a hybur egwyddor o astudio chwaraeon ar lefel addysg uwch. Mae chwaraeon yn rhan eisoes o gwricwlwm yr ysgolion ac mae colegau addysg gorfforol yn bodoli, ond maent i gyd angen eu datblygu au codi i safonau rhyngwladol. Rydym yn gobeithio y bydd y cyfarfod hwn o gymorth in symud ymlaen tuag at y nod hwn.

Beth felly yw ein gweledigaeth ar gyfer y dyfodol? Beth all chwaraeon ei gynnig i ranbarth a phobl fel ein rhai ni?

Y genhedlaeth nesaf
Ar hyn o bryd, mae mwy na 60 y cant o boblogaeth Irac (yn cynnwys Rhanbarth Kurdistan) rhwng 14 a 30 oed. Maer bobl ieuainc hyn wedi treulio cyfran helaeth ou bywydaun byw dan unbennaeth.

Ein breuddwyd yw y bydd y genhedlaeth nesaf o blant ysgol yn gallu anghofio am boen a thrais y gorffennol ac y bydd ganddynt wir gyfle i fod yn ddynion a merched elitaidd y byd chwaraeon.

Dymar cyfle i agor meddyliau ein pobl ieuainc i edrych ar y byd nid yn lleiaf y byd democrataidd - er mwyn eu helpu i oresgyn ynysrwydd drwy gyfrwng chwaraeon cystadleuol, ac iw helpu i ddatblygu gwaith tm hanfodol a sgiliau arwain a fydd gyda hwy pan maent yn oedolion. Bydd pobl ieuainc yn chwarae rhan allweddol yn ffyniant ein dyfodol, a bydd chwaraeon o gymorth iddynt wynebu her y blynyddoedd sydd i ddod.

Cystadleuwyr rhyngwladol
Ymhen amser, rydym am weld ein hathletwyr yn arbennig ein sr ifanc talentog yn cael cyfle i ragori ar lefel elitaidd a chystadlu ar lwyfan rhyngwladol.

Yn rhannol, mae hyn yn ymwneud n gallu i hyfforddi a datblygu ein hathletwyr ein hunain i gymryd rhan yng ngharfannau cenedlaethol Irac ffederal wrth gystadlu mewn cystadlaethau rhyngwladol.

Fodd bynnag, dylai chwaraeon fod am ranbarthau, nid dim ond gwledydd. Mae gwledydd gyda rhanbarthau cryf yn creu chwaraeon cryf. Edrychwch ar lwyddiant y gwledydd yn y Gemau Olympaidd diwethaf er enghraifft, y DG.

On persbectif ni, mae Cymru gryf yn y DG yn debyg iawn i Kurdistan cryf yn Irac. Mae gan Gymru athletwyr elitaidd yn perfformio i Dm PF yn y Gemau Olympaidd, a hefyd maer tm rygbi cenedlaethol yn gallu rhagori ar y llwyfan rhyngwladol. Ein gobaith yn y dyfodol yw gallu maesu timau or safon uchaf i gynrychioli Kurdistan ar lwyfan y byd.

Ac rydym yn awyddus i rannu ein profiadau an huchelgais gyda chynrychiolwyr o ranbarthau rhyngwladol eraill o Gatalonia a Kosovo annibynnol syn wynebur un her o bosibl ac yn ceisio goresgyn yr un rhwystrau.

Cymdeithas gryfach
Un peth pwysig yw ein bod yn cydnabod ac yn gweld gwerth ym manteision chwaraeon, syn mynd ymhell tu hwnt i wella iechyd a lles unigol a sicrhau cyflawniadau rhyngwladol. Mae chwaraeon yn cyrraedd yn ddwfn i lawr i guriad calon pob cymdeithas; mae o gymorth i greu symudoledd cymdeithasol ac adfywiad lleol ar lefel gyffredin; maen meithrin cymunedau cryfach, ac yn arbennig yn achos Irac maen gweithredu fel catalydd pwysig ar gyfer heddwch.

Dyna pam, i ni, bod chwaraeon yn allweddol er mwyn cyflawni Nodau Datblygur Mileniwm ac yn rhan annatod o sefydlogrwydd parhaus Rhanbarth Kurdistan wrth iddo wynebu pennod newydd o heddwch a harmoni.

Yn wir, rydym wedi creu Map Ffordd or hyn rydym yn gobeithio y gall chwaraeon ei gyflawni in rhanbarth yn y byr ar hirdymor - o gyfranogiad ms i gefnogi lles emosiynol a chorfforol. Ac yn olaf, ond nid y lleiaf, er mwyn cryfhau ein perthnasoedd gyda gweddill y byd.

Felly maer gynhadledd hon yn bwysig iawn i ni er mwyn annog cyfranogiad ar lefel gyffredin, i gynnwys grwpiau bregus, i ddysgu mwy am sut i drefnu a gweinyddu is-strwythur chwaraeon syn gynaladwyn ariannol, i ddatblygu cymdeithas ddemocrataidd weithredol ac in helpu i greu rhagoriaeth mewn chwaraeon yn Rhanbarth Kurdistan.

Yn olaf, fe hoffwm ddatgan llond dwrn o uchelgeisiau syml a phenodol iawn ar gyfer y gynhadledd.

Gobeithiaf y bydd y perthnasoedd a ffurfir gennym heddiw ac yn y ddwy i dair blynedd nesaf yn gweld timau o Gymrun dod i Kurdistan i chwaraen erbyn carfannau ifanc ein clybiau ac y bydd hyfforddwyr ac athletwyr ieuainc Kurdistan yn gallu dod i Gymru i ddysgun uniongyrchol oddi wrth arbenigedd a rhagoriaeth Cymru.

Rwyf hefyd yn awyddus i weld ein cyfeillgarwch yn tyfu ar lefel elitaidd. Yn ddiweddar, rydym wedi lansio gwobr Chwaraewr y Flwyddyn - yn seiliedig ymhlith eraill ar fodel y DG ac rwyn gobeithio y bydd chwaraewr amlwg o Gymrun cytuno i ddod allan atom y flwyddyn nesaf i gyflwyno ein gwobr.

Yn olaf, rwyn galw ar ir gynhadledd nesaf or math yma gael ei chynnal yn Kurdistan. Fe hoffem ddychwelyd y croeso arbennig iawn y mae Cyngor Chwaraeon Cymru a phobl Cymru wedii ddangos i ni ac fech gwahoddwn i weld y cynnydd fyddwn wedii wneud, diolch ir gefnogaeth ar syniadau rydych chi wediu cynnig i ni ar ein hymweliad.

Fe hoffwn gloi drwy ddiolch i bawb sydd wedi gwneud y gynhadledd hon yn bosibl i Gyngor Chwaraeon Cymru am eu croeso aruthrol, in siaradwyr i gyd y mae eu gwybodaeth au harbenigedd yn amhrisiadwy; in cyfranogwyr i gyd sydd wedi teithio yma i ymuno ni; ac yn olaf, i gynrychiolaeth y DG o Lywodraeth Ranbarthol Kurdistan am eu gwaith proffesiynol yn trefnu hyn i gyd.

Rwyf am eich gadael gyda stori olaf syn llawn ysbrydoliaeth ac rwyn gobeithio y bydd yn crisialu hanfod yr hyn rwyf wedii ddweud. Hanes dyn ifanc ydyw, sydd yma gyda ni heddiw ac a fydd yn siarad gyda chi yn nes ymlaen y bore yma.

G?r ifanc yw Shaho Qadir a aned yn un or Cwrdiaid ac yn 21 oed cafodd ei goesau eu chwythu i ffwrdd mewn ymosodiad ar ei bentref. Ers hynny, mae Shaho wedi datblygu i fod yn un o sr y byd chwaraeon ir anabl. Yn ddiweddar, rhedodd Farathon Efrog Newydd ac fe gwblhaodd y daith gyfan wedii lapio ym maner Kurdistan. Mae ei uchelgais ai benderfyniad ef yn brawf i bob un ohonom or hyn all ysbryd pobl ei gyflawni.

Fodd bynnag, er bod Shaho wedi derbyn cyllid gan Lywodraeth Ranbarthol Kurdistan, nid oedd yn gallu gwneud defnydd or cyfleusterau ar gefnogaeth hyfforddi roedd eu hangen er mwyn datblygu i fod yn athletwr rhyngwladol enwog nes iddo ddod ir DG.

A dyma, foneddigion a boneddigesau, y broblem sydd gennym iw datrys. Ein nod an huchelgais yw sicrhau nad oes neb o Kurdistan boed yn abl neun anabl, yn wryw neu benyw, yn dlawd neun gyfoethog yn gorfod teithio dramor i ganfod y buddsoddiad ar gefnogaeth maent eu hangen er mwyn cyflawni llwyddiant nodedig.

Diolch yn fawr iawn.

"I am excited at this opportunity to learn from working methods across the world and at the prospect of introducing them to the Kurdistan Region."

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