DUBAI – Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and the Libyan national football team were among the 22 winners chosen for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards.
This was announced at the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) headquarters here on Sunday morning.
Shaikh Mansour was unveiled as the Sports Personality of the Year for the UAE after the Manchester City owner guided the English Premier League club to FA Cup glory and UEFA Champions League qualification last season.
They also currently lead the top-flight table in the current 2011/12 campaign.
Shaikh Mansour oversaw Al Jazira’s ascent to become Etisalat Pro-League champions as well in the 2010/2011 term, when they claimed the President’s Cup too for a domestic league and cup double.
As a consequence of those impressive feats, Shaikh Mansour was acknowledged as ‘a sports figure that has contributed to the enrichment of the UAE sports movement’ in this third edition of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards.
Shaikh Essa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, the Vice President of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports in Bahrain since 1999, was recognised with an equivalent accolade for the Gulf region generally as ‘a sports figure that has contributed to the enrichment of the Arab sports movement.’
Shaikh Essa has held several leadership positions in Bahrain since his chairmanship of the Gulf kingdom’s oldest national club; been the president of the Bahrain Football Association between 1974 and 1988 – the longest-ever reign of any Bahrain FA president and chaired the board of directors of the Bahrain Olympic Committee since its inception in 1979.
Shaikh Essa has also been appointed as a chairman of the General Authority for Youth and Sports, with the rank of a minister, and witnessed all sessions of the Gulf Football Cup.
Meanwhile, the Libyan national football team were credited for their notable achievement as an Arab team in qualifying for the 2012 African Nations Cup, in spite of the political unrest in their native country.
Other notable Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award recipients this year include: Best Sportsman: Ibrahim Khairy M Rashad Sabri (Egypt): A gold medallist in archery at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Best Official: Abu Bakr Kurdi (Saudi Arabia): Best Taekwondo Referee in the world in 2011. Best Team: Egyptian Youth Handball National Team (Egypt): Gold medallists at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Best Arab Federation/s: Jordanian Taekwondo Federation and Bahrain National Olympic Committee. Best UAE sportsman/men: Salem Adbul Rahman Mohammed Saleh (Chess) and Nader Bin Hindi (Jet skiing). Best referees: Mohammad Al Naimi and Omar Al Marzouqi (both Handball). Best Coach: Abdullah Swedan Said Bin Swedan (Cycling). Best Team in the UAE: UAE national Olympic football team: Silver medallists at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Best UAE Federation/s: UAE Karate and Taekwondo Federation and Al Thiqah Club, Sharjah. Best official: Dr Mounira Murkas Mikhail (Egypt). Best women’s athlete/s: Anas Jaber (Tunisia, Tennis) and Dalma Rushdi Hisham Malhas (Saudi Arabia, Equestrianism). Best Special Needs Athlete: Mohammad Al Qaid: Three-time gold medallist at the 2011 Athletics World Championships for the Disabled in New Zealand). Best Media: Sada Al Malaeb Programme and the Al Bayan newspaper’s sports departments.