Shamma Al Khalbani
Shamma Al Kalbani bagged the 63kg women’s gold with victory over Sung Kira of Korea by points 4-2. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC), hailed the historic achievement of UAE athletes at the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China.

The UAE secured 20 medals, including five gold, five silver, and 10 bronze, the nation’s highest-ever medal tally in the history of the quadrennial event.

Faisal Al Ketbi
Faisal Al Ketbi won gold defeating Korean Kim Heeseoung by advantage points in the men’s 85kg final Image Credit: Supplied

Sheikh Ahmed congratulated the UAE leadership and its people on this achievement, emphasising that such success transcends sports. He also highlighted the achievement is an expression of the athletes’ commitment to sporting excellence and their ability to raise their performance when representing the nation.

Sheikh Ahmed further said the accomplishments of UAE athletes at the Asian Games are a source of immense pride for Emiratis. Sheikh Ahmed lauded the dedicated efforts of sports federations who have been key partners in advancing the national Olympic movement.

He also extended his appreciation to the country’s champions whose successes made sure that the nation’s flag soared proudly at the event. He expressed gratitude to all athletes for their relentless dedication and wished them the very best in future competitions.

Asma Al Hosani
Asma Al Hosani became the first Emirati female to win a jiu-jitsu gold in Asian Games. Image Credit: Supplied

The UAE participated in the Asian Games with 140 athletes, including 102 male and 38 female athletes, who competed in 20 different sports disciplines. The nation’s athletes won medals in five disciplines: Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Equestrian, and Cycling.

The UAE’s medal tally of 20 at the Hangzhou Asian games bettered its previous best performance at the Jakarta Asian Games held in 2018 by 7 medals. This achievement placed the UAE third among Arab countries participating in this year’s Asian Games and 16th in the overall standings, advancing four positions from the last edition.