The Award’s Board of Trustees also reviews Strategic Plan 2020-2030 and praises International Sports Innovation Conference speakers
DUBAI – The Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, which is under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), have thanked and offered their highest gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for his generous and unlimited support.
The Board also extended their thanks and highest gratitude to HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and Dubai Sports Council & Patron of the Award, and HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE National Olympic Committee and President of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, for their support and guidance that has enhanced the Award’s position as the leading initiative of its kind in the world, and strengthened its role in the promotion of innovation and creativity in sports, as well as the spread of noble values like Tolerance and Peace through Sports.
This came during the meeting of the Board of Trustees following the successful hosting of the first International Sports Innovation Conference, which was chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of Dubai Sports Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award. Khalid Ali bin Zayed, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, was present at the meeting along with the other members of the Board: Dr Hassan Mustafa, Dr Khalifa Al Shaali, Mustafa Larfaoui, Ahmed Ma'ad Al Osaimi, Mona Bou Samra, Moaza Al Marri, Secretary General of the Award, and Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Director of the Award.
Speaking on the occasion, HE Al Tayer said: “The secret of the strength and excellence of the Award is the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his unlimited support for the sports sector, as well as the support and guidance of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council & Patron of the Award, and the leadership of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Award.”
The Board of Trustees also praised the participation of Sports Ministers, Olympic legends and rising stars at the International Sports Innovation Conference, which was held on November 18 under the theme “Tolerance and Peace in Sport”.
Leading the list of speakers at the Conference was Carl Lewis, one of the most celebrated athletes in Olympic history, and HE Kirsty Coventry, Africa’s most decorated Olympian and now Zimbabwe’s Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation; along with HE Dr Sonia Ben Cheikh, Tunisia's Minister of Youth and Sports; Ms Daniela Bas, Director of the Division For Inclusive Social Development at the United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and former Egyptian judoka Mohamed Ali Rashwan, winner of a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games, and the 1985 and 1987 World Judo Championships.
The Board also congratulated the new MBR Sports Creativity Ambassadors, who were unveiled at the Conference, and wished them success in the coming period, especially at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games next year.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed presented medals to the six MBR Sports Creativity Ambassadors, who are UAE’s Omar Al Marzooqi, winner of an individual showjumping silver medal at last year’s Youth Olympic Games in Argentina; Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Al Assiri, winner of a karate gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games; Ahmed Elgendy of Egypt, who confirmed his status as one of the best young pentathlete in the world by winning gold at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games; Tunisia's Ines Boubakri, who became the first Tunisian fencer ever to win an Olympic medal when she won bronze at the 2016 Games; Moroccan Fatima Zahra Abou Fares, who entered the record books last year when she became the first Arab to win a taekwondo gold at the Youth Olympic Games; and Ahmad Abughaush of Jordan, who won the 68kg taekwondo gold at the 2016 Olympic Games, becoming his country’s first Olympic medal winner.