Bahrain Honors the Achievements of its Olympic Athletes
His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, received at Riffa Palace a number of senior Bahrain sport officials and athletes who participated at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
During the visit, the Crown Prince congratulated the athletes and officials on the team’s strong performance in Rio, adding that the Kingdom has always taken great pride in the accomplishments of its athletes in local and international sporting events. His Royal Highness particularly congratulated Bahrain’s long distance runner, Ruth Jebet for earning a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event, and for breaking the women’s 3000m steeplechase world record at the Diamond League meet this week in Paris. The Crown Prince highlighted that Jebet’s outstanding achievements are a first for the Kingdom in international endurance running competitions.
His Royal Highness remarked that Bahrain’s athletes had demonstrated a high level of professional sportsmanship, achieving global success with record-breaking accomplishments which had honored the Kingdom on the international stage. He also acknowledged the tremendous support provided to Bahrain’s sports sector by His Majesty King Hamad, and the entire government, highlighting the Kingdom’s readiness to invest in and support all who have the skills, ability and potential to compete.
The meeting was attended by the Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth & Sport, President of Bahrain Athletics Association, His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, along with His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, son of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince.