The Bahrain Olympic Committee was founded in 1979 and re-registered according to the law No. (21) of the year 1989, issued on 26/06/1990 under No. (3) on the organization of clubs and associations in the field of youth and sports at the General Organization for Youth and Sports and has legal personality from the date of its registration publication in the Official Gazette.
The Bahraini Olympic Committee is an independent civil body with legal personality and is a member by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It has all the rights and obligations set forth in the Olympic Charter.
The idea to establish the committee was finally fulfilled on May 19, 1979 as it became the official organization supervising sport activities in Bahrain and under the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, which was founded in 1975, presided by the then Crown Prince His Majesty King Hamad.
And following the constituent meeting on May 19, 1979, in the presence of representatives of nine sports associations – athletics, swimming, football, basketball, volleyball, handball, weightlifting, table tennis and shooting, the main system of the committee was formed and submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, which was then the supervising organization of the national clubs and the sports associations.
On May 23, 1979, just four days after the constituent meeting, the then Minister of Labour and Social Affairs issued a decision announcing the foundation of Bahrain Olympic Committee and declaring the first board of directors, presided by Shaikh Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa.
After being accepted as a National Olympic Committee member of the International Olympic Committee in July 1979, the Bahrain Olympic Committee started establishing a series of relations with Arab and continental nations .
Late on, the Bahrain Olympic Committee joined the Arab Sports Games Federation and became a founding member of the Olympic Council of Asia, which was founded in November, 1982, as well as playing a major part in establishing the National Olympic Committee Union in August 1982.
Only three years in existence, the Bahrain Olympic Committee has gained world praise. The Ninth Asian Games in New Delhi, in December 1982, marked Bahrain's maiden appearance on the continental level.
The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, saw Bahrain compete for the first time on this level.
Since then, Bahrain has been keen to participate in the Olympics and Asian Games, as well as on the Arab revel, with its maiden contributions being at the Sixth Arab Games in Rabat, in Morocco on September 1985.
The distinctive efforts of the then president of the General Organization for Youth and Sports, and vice-president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, had a prominent role in a significant shift for Bahraini sport, in general, and to the march of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, in specific.
This boom saw Bahrain reach high competitive standard, starting from the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, in South Korea, through to Doha Asian Games in 2006, the 2010 edition Games in Guangzhou, in China, where Bahrain accomplished unprecedented achievements.
Bahrain also had impressive results on the Olympic Games levels, especially in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in Athens and Beijing, where they took their first-ever Olympic gold medal in the men's 1,500m through Rashid Ramzi, which was subsequently withdrawn after the Bahraini athlete failed to pass doping tests.
On the Arab level, the third decade of the Bahrain Olympic Committee has seen the emergence of promising faces of Bahraini talent that were pushed in the Algeria and Egypt Arab Games in 2004 and Egypt in 2007, respectively.