x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

UAE recognises influential sport figures

Year 5 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards were announced on Sunday. They were originally launched to "support and highlight the creative pioneering efforts of individuals, groups or sport institutions."

Mutaz Essa Barshim was named the best Arab Athlete at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards on Sunday. Karim Jaafar / Al-Watan Doha / AFP
Mutaz Essa Barshim was named the best Arab Athlete at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards on Sunday. Karim Jaafar / Al-Watan Doha / AFP

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards were launched to “support and highlight the creative pioneering efforts of individuals, groups or sport institutions.” The winners for Year 5 of the awards were announced on Sunday.

UAE Sports Personality – Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak

Sheikha Fatima has been a pioneer of women’s sports in the country. Under her patronage, an International Conference on Women’s Sports was held in Abu Dhabi last year. She also received the International Olympic Committee’s President’s Trophy for her contribution to sports.

Arab Sports Personality – Sheikh Salman Al Khalifa

Promising transparency and accountability in the Asian Football Confederation, and vowing to root out corruption, Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman won a landslide victory in May’s election for the AFC presidency, receiving 33 of 46 votes.

International Sports Personality – Thomas Bach

A fencing gold-medal winner at the 1976 Olympic Games, the German was voted to an eight-year term as the IOC president in September.

Emerging Arab Athlete – Karar Mohammad Jawad

Winner of three gold medals at the 2012 World Youth Championships in Slovakia, Jawad, 17, became the first Iraqi to set a weightlifting world record. At the World Junior Championships this year, he won a gold, silver and a bronze.

Arab Athlete – Mutaz Essa Barshim

The Qatari, 22, holds the indoor and outdoor Asian high-jumping records. In June, he improved his own Asian outdoor mark to 2.40m at the Prefontaine Classic in the US. In August, he won a silver at the Moscow World Championships.

OTHER AWARDS

Arab Sports Personality for contribution towards enichment of women’s sport: Nawal El Moutawakel, Morocco (vice-president, IOC)

Local Referee: Sultan Ali Al Taher, chess (chairman of the referees committee at Grand Prix Women’s Chess three consecutive years)

Local Team: Victory, powerboat (Winners of the powerboat Class One World Cup 12 times, including six in a row)

Arab Organisation: Sports Institute Pierre de Coubertin, Tunisia (has produced the likes of Oussama Mellouli, Habiba Garibi, Anis Alonefa, Ouns Jaber and Salma Ferchichi)

International Organisation: Fifa

Para-Athlete: Ameen Al Shantoof, Morocco (winner of the 5,000m gold at the London Paralympic Games; won 5,000m and 10,000m double and the marathon, all in world record times, at the IPC World Championships in Lyon this year)

Sports Foundation contributing towards the enrichment of the sports movement: Golf in Dubai

Local Athlete to achieve international success: Khalifa Al Metawai (winner of the 2012 World Cup Rally Raid)

The nominees for Local Emerging Athlete were: Aisa Al Muaini (chess), Fahad Abbas (tennis), Khalifa Al Jahoury (endurance), Khalifa Murad (jiu-jitsu), Saif Al Falasi (marine sports), Abdulla Al Miri (endurance)