SPORTS ACHIEVERS HONOURED

A total of 320 sportspersons, coaches and officials were felicitated by the Ministry of Sports Affairs at a glittering annual awards ceremony held at Hotel Grand Hyatt on Monday.

The event was organised to celebrate the success of Oman’s national teams as well as individual achievers at the GCC, Arab and world level. Monday’s ceremony marked the feats of 2014.

The achievers were awarded with cash prizes from the Sports Activities Fund, while certificates were handed over by the chief guest, H E Sheikh Saad al Saadi, the Minister of Sports Affairs, in the presence of a large gathering.

Leading the star cast was Omani bodybuilder Ahmed al Harthy, who won a silver at the 2014 IFBB World Bodybuilding Championships in Brasilia, Brazil. He finished runner-up in the 90kg category.

The bodybuilder couldn’t attend Monday’s ceremony and his award was received by Salim al Ghabshi, chairman of the Oman Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Committee.

Another athlete who hogged the limelight in the individual section was Sadiq al Farsi, who won gold in the masters category at the GCC Snooker Championship in Doha, Qatar and also led Oman to the team crown.

In the team category, Saham Club was honoured for its runner-up finish at the GCC Clubs Football Championship in UAE, while the national beach football team’s bronze win under coach Talib Hilal at an Arab championship in Egypt was also recognised.

The beach handball team was honoured for its silver medal win at the Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand.

Also bringing laurels in team sports were Oman’s hockey, swimming, sailing and golf teams, which won medals at West Asian and GCC tournaments.

Sportspersons were also honoured from the following disciplines – shooting, football, beach football, hockey, beach handball, tent pegging, tennis, athletics, swimming, beach volleyball, powerlifting, golf, sailing, rowing, women’s volleyball, cycling, taekwondo, women’s bowling, physically-challenged sports and blind football.

The sports ministry also honoured four coaches – Khalid al Mashari (Ahli-Sidab’s handball team), Said al Hamdani (Saham’s volleyball team), Mohammed al Batrani (Al Nasr’s hockey team) and Said al Kharusi (Rustaq’s table tennis side).

Jusoor, a non-profit social responsibility organisation, was awarded with the gold trophy for its support for sports, while Omantel received the silver trophy.

Omifco was handed the bronze trophy, while seven other companies were given certificates for lending their support.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY