The 11th edition of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award will celebrate its winners at a glittering presentation ceremony on Sunday, January 9, in the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai — the Dubai Exhibition Centre.
A Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiative, the event is the largest award of its kind, in terms of prize money and categories, and the first dedicated to creativity in sports.
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Sponsored by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, the awards are organised under the chairmanship of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the National Olympic Committee.
The ceremony to award the winners will take place at Dubai Exhibition Centre in Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on a busy season that saw a record total of 409 applications — 54 in the Institutional Creativity category, 29 in the Team Sports Creativity category and 326 in the Individual Sports Creativity category.
In their previous 10 seasons, 2,188 individuals, teams and organisations from 188 different countries — including 583 from the UAE, 1,386 from Arab countries, and 219 from the rest of the world — have sent in their nominations for the awards. The honours list includes 230 winners — 110 from the UAE, 104 from the Arab region and 16 from the rest of the world. Some 165 of the winners have been individuals, while 19 teams have received the coveted awards and 46 local, Arab and international institutions have been honoured for their creativity.
This year, the winner’s list includes seven Olympic and Paralympic champions from Tokyo, who won three gold medals and a silver and bronze at the Summer Olympic Games, and two gold and a silver at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The names of the winners were revealed at a ceremony on November 23, 2021, at Deep Dive Dubai, the world’s deepest pool, in the presence of Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, and Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Award’s Board of Trustees.
The winners are:
Award categories and winners:
Imran Khan: The International Sports Personality Award
Imran Khan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Pakistan received the International Sports Personality Award in appreciation of his efforts in turning Pakistan into one of the world’s leading cricketing nations. He was captain of the Pakistan team that emerged victorious in the 1992 Cricket World Cup, defeating England in the final.
An inspirational sports icon, he continues to inspire young people as Prime Minister now, enhancing the status of sports in general and cricket in particular, and empowering Pakistani society through sports. Today, half of the country’s 221 million population identify themselves as cricket fans, and nearly 42,000 players are officially registered with the Pakistan Cricket Board.
In 2019, PM Imran Khan launched a pioneering $639 million initiative for the welfare of Pakistan’s youth, under which young men and women will be given scholarships and skill-development opportunities, including scholarships in sports. In June this year, PM Imran Khan announced plans to build a cricket ground in each of Pakistan’s 4,000-plus Union and Village Councils.
The Arab Sports Personality Award
Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of Qatar Olympic Committee, has been named as the Arab Sports Personality for his long list achievements since taking over as President of the Qatar Olympic Committee in 2015, including the unprecedented success of Qatari athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games; they won two gold medals and a bronze, and this was Qatar’s best performance at the Olympics.
He was also chair of the Organising Committee of the 2015 World Handball Championship in Doha and contributed to Qatar’s hosting of many international sports events as well as the development of equestrian sport and success of Qatari horses worldwide. He also led Qatar’s successful bid to host their second Asian Games in 2030. Doha had first hosted the premier continental championships in 2006.
The Local Athlete Award
Ali Ahmed Mabkhout won the local athlete award for his historical achievements at both the local as well as the international level, where he has emerged as the all-time top scorer for the UAE national team with 78 goals. Mabkhout has also broken the goal scoring record at the domestic level and is the UAE League’s all-time leading scorer with 175 goals. He is currently third on the list of international goal scorers.
The Local Administrator Award
Anas Nasser Al Otaiba, for winning the presidency of the Asian Boxing Confederation and becoming Vice President of the International Boxing Association.
The Local Referee Award
Ahmed Mohammed Al Hammadi, for being the first Arab to be chosen as the head referee for the International Weightlifting Federation for People of Determination, and for his participation for the seventh time in a row as a referee at the Paralympic Games.
The Local Coach Awards
Abdulaziz Muhammad Al-Yasi (Al-Anbari) for winning the Arab Gulf Football League title in the 2018/2019 season for the first time in the history of Sharjah Club since the start of the Professional League, as well as winning the Arabian Gulf Super Cup in 2019, and the success of Sharjah Club under his leadership for the first time in its history.
Abdul Hamid Ibrahim Al Hosani, being the dean of basketball coaches in the United Arab Emirates, and has achieved 58 titles so far in his career at local, Gulf, Arab and continental level. In 2001, he was crowned as the best coach in Asia. He is the first Emirati coach to succeed in guiding a team to the podium at the continental level. He also took over the technical leadership of the national teams in the UAE and Bahrain.
The Local Team Award
The UAE National Endurance Team, for winning the gold medal in the World Championships for Youth and Juniors, for endurance races over a distance of 120km in Italy.
The Local Organisation Award
Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, for the success and excellence in organising the 2021 Paralympic Shooting World Cup for the fifth time in a row.
The Arab Athlete Award
Award was given to four champions who excelled in the Tokyo Olympics:
Feryal Ashraf Abdel Aziz (Egypt) for winning a historic gold medal in karate at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, which is the first Olympic gold medal for Arabs in karate.
Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui (Tunisia) for winning the gold medal in swimming at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, the first Arab Olympic medal in swimming in the 400m freestyle competition.
Soufiane El Bakkali (Morocco) for winning the gold in the 3000m steeplechase at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, becoming the first Arab athlete to win an Olympic gold in the 3000m steeplechase.
Tarek Ali Hamdi (Saudi Arabia) for winning the silver medal in Karate at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
The Arab Administrator Award
Aya Medany (Egypt) for being the first Arab and African to be elected as the President of the Players Committee and a member of the Executive Office of the International Modern Pentathlon Federation.
The Arab Referee Award
Zitouni Metyout (Morocco) for being the first international Karate referee to officiate 4 finals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in addition to receiving the best African Continental Karate referee and the Arab Excellence Award in Arbitration 2021.
The Arab Team Award
The Algerian national football team for winning the 2019 African Nations Cup in Egypt and continuing to shine by breaking the African record of matches without defeat and winning the award for the best African team, as well as for not losing in 33 games in a row.
The Arab Organisation Award
Al-Ahly Club for Physical Sports — Egypt for its distinguished initiative for the sports institution in dealing with a pandemic, and coming out with excellent results and lessons in institutional work, and the returns of the financial, human and knowledge initiative will continue for several years to come.
The International Organisation Award
The International Handball Federation (based in Switzerland) for their success and excellence in organising the World Handball Championship that was held in Egypt in light of the global repercussions of the pandemic.
The Local Emerging Athlete Achieved Outstanding Success in Sports Award
A local junior athlete who has achieved outstanding successes in the sports field:
Six male and female junior athletes qualified to win this category, who will be voted through Dubai Sports Channel, website and smart application for the award. The final arrangement of the arbitration and voting results are:
Mohammad Saeed Binham Al Ameri, for obtaining first place (3) times in the International Championship for Endurance — Slovakia 2019 and ranking fourth at the level of the world rankings for the adult riders category.
Saif Jasem Al Mansoori, for winning the gold medal in the World Junior Championships under 16 years in Romania for the year 2019 and the silver medal in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship for juniors category — 2019.
Alyaziah Tariq Abdulsalam, for winning the silver medal in the International Gymnastics Championships, which was held in Hungary.
Rahma Khalfan Al Murshidi, for winning the silver medal in the Asian Junior and Junior Boxing Championship, which was held in the UAE.
Salwa Ahmed Al Mansoori, for winning the bronze medal in the Asian Karate Championship for juniors, youth and under 21 years old in Malaysia.
Yousuf Rashed Al Matrooshi, for winning four (4) gold medals in the Gulf Swimming Championships held in Kuwait and Qatar, in addition to his participation in the Olympic Games — Tokyo 2020.
The Athlete Accomplished an Achievement within Difficult Challenges Award (People of determination Category)
Walid Katila (Tunisia) for winning two gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the 100 and 800 meters wheelchair races and breaking the Paralympic record.
Garrah Nassar Tnaiash (Iraq) for winning the silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games under difficult conditions and challenges.
The Athlete Accomplished an Outstanding Achievement Award
Maan Abdel Moeen Asaad (Syria) for winning a bronze medal in the weightlifting competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
An Outstanding Local Athlete Award
Zayed Abdulnaser Al Katheeri (UAE) for winning three gold medals in international jiu-jitsu championships.