‘Proud’ Barshim dedicates new Asian accolade to Qatar

 04 Nov 2017 - 0:00

‘Proud’ Barshim dedicates new Asian accolade to Qatar
Qatar’s world champion Mutaz Barshim speaks after receiving his ‘Best Athlete in Asia’ award in Prague on Thursday. Screen grab from Olympic Channel

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Olympic star and world champion Mutaz Barshim said he was elated to win the 2017 ‘Best Athlete in Asia’ by the National Olympic Committee (ANOC) and dedicated the award to Qatar and his fellow citizens.

Also the nominee for IAAF’s Athlete of the Year Award, Barshim - the two-time Olympic medallist and 2017 IAAF world champion – was named the 2017 Best Athlete in Asia by the National Olympic Committee (ANOC) on Thursday.

The awards ceremony was held in the Czech capital of Prague, on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the National Olympic Committees and awards prizes to the best athletes in all continents with other awards for the best national Olympic committees.

With his new achievement, Barshim continues to dub the golden falcon of Qatar flying in the skies of international sport, adding a great achievement to his record of championships and medals and rise above the podiums Arab, Asian and international.

“I am very proud of the work I have done and I thank all those who supported me,” star high jumper Barshim said after winning the award.

“This kind of individual athlete needs a lot of support. I thank the State, my family and everyone who help me to win. It was only possible with the support of people in Qatar which keeps me going. This award is for Qatar and not for me alone,” added the Qatari star. “I thank my coach for his great work and thank you all,” he said.”

Bashim won the high jump competition as part of the World Athletics Championships in the London World Athletics Championships last August, to prove that he is on the right path to winning titles and making global achievements.

He won the Asian gold in 2011 and the Arab Games of the same year, and then the gold medal of the World Military Championship in Rio de Janeiro.

The following year he won the Asian Championships and snatched the spotlight at the London 2012 Olympic Games and won the bronze and then won Silver in 2013 World Championships.

Then the 2014 Asian Games gold and silver in 2016 Rio Olympics before the 2017 World Cup gold medal.

Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, Second Vice President of the Qatar Olympic Committee and Chairman of Qatar Athletics Federation praised Barshim achievements and the success of the championship.

He said it also reflected his talent and high standing on his fellow international athletes and the prestigious position that Barshim occupies. “He was able to challenge the difficulties and rise of the podiums and reach the summit.”

He concluded his statement by congratulating Barshim on his achievement, wishing him more achievements and victories and raise the “support” high in international forums.

For his part, Mohammed Al-Fadala, Secretary General of the Qatar Athletics Federation, expressed his pride over the outstanding achievement of the champion Barshim and praised him for winning the award for the best athletes in Asia, stressing that the achievement did not come from a vacuum but rather from the fruits of supporting of our wise leadership and guidance.

He added that this honor and appreciation is a great honour not only for the Union of Forces, but also for all the people of Qatar and that our youth are capable of fighting adults, creativity and excellence in all fields if armed with potentials, qualifications, self-confidence and will to reach the top of glory.