Kingdom of Bahrain achieved a respected reputation in 2016 on the sports map, regionally, continentally and internationally, winning historic and unprecedented successes at various sporting events, which underlined the support of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and his keenness to prepare national teams that are capable of bringing honor to kingdom at international sports competitions.
The prominent and influential role of representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa also played a key role in promoting Bahraini sports at all levels.
Bahrain’s sports federations were able to end 2016 with a glorious harvest total of 511 medals, including the kingdom’s first-ever gold medal at the Olympics medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games 2016 through sprinter “Ruth Jebet” while compatriot Eunice Kirwa sealed Bahrain’s double winning a silver medal, before Fatima Safar gave Bahrain its first gold medal at Paralympics at the same venue. By doing so, Bahrain was ranked first among Arab countries and the 48thth globally in the overall medals table in a clear indication of the continuous growth of the Bahraini sport.
Bahrain has also exceeded this by winning several awards on the academic level as Shaikh Nasser took the Merit Award by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) for his outstanding efforts at the administration level. The medal is the highest honour given by ANOC. In addition, the BOC gained the Most Developed National Olympic Committee in the world. The BOC has also won the Institutional Innovation Award among Civil Institutions award presented by Sports Journalists Association as well as the IZO quality award for its unique administrative work, while Ruth Jebet was also honored for its exceptional performance and gold medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Historic Olympic Achievement
Athletics, led by the First Deputy Chairman of the SCYS, President of the West Asian Athletics and President of the Bahrain Athletic Association, Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, leads Bahrain’s winning chart, with Ruth Jebet winning Bahrain’s first Olympic gold medal at the women’s 3,000m steeplechase at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while Eunice Kirwa clinched the Marathon’s silver medal in the Marathon event silver of the same event to make Bahrain’s best participation in the history of the Olympics.
The year 2016 witnessed the rise of sprinters winning 88 medals in total, including 51 golds, 26 silvers and 11 bronzes, with Oluwakemi Adekoya winning the women’s 400m gold medal at the World Indoor Championship in the United States in March, a gold, silver and bronze medals in the World Youth Championship in Poland in 2016.
Bahrain were also on top at the 13th Asian Cross Country Championship organized by Bahrain in February, winning the West Asian Youth Championship in field and track on home soil in April, in addition to many Arab, regional and continental achievements.
Challenge and Determination
The Bahrain Disabled Association captured one of Bahrain’s most outstanding sporting achievements in 2016 when Fatima Abdulrazak Safar took the Shot Put gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Brazil in Summer 2016.
Her compatriot athlete Ruba Al Omari also showed an outstanding level of performance at the Paralympic Games finishing in seventh place in the Discus Throw event.
In the 8th Fazaa International Athletics Competition hosted by the UAE in March, Bahrain took six colored medals, including two gold, one silver and three bronzes.
Bahrain’s Wheelchair Basketball team also achieved a bronze medal at the 8th GCC Championship that was recently held in the UAE.
Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa added another milestone by leading the Royal Endurance Team to win third place at the World Endurance Championship held in Slovenia last September. It was one of the most outstanding achievements for Bahraini sport in 2016. It reflects the outstanding sport abilities that Shaikh Nasser enjoys in endurance and forms a role model as a sport leader in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Raed Mahmood also managed to achieve fourth place in the same event, which embodies the prestigious position of the Bahraini sport in endurance on the global level. In all, the Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation took nine medals, including 3 gold, 2 silvers and 4 bronzes.
Shaikh Nasser’s gold medal at the Iron Man European Championship hosted in Germany in August was the most prominent result for Bahrain triathlon in 2016, and is a continuation of the achievements of Shaikh Nasser in this particular sport.
In the Arab Championship in Jordan, the Bahraini team won five medals, including two gold medals, one silver and two bronze. The team has also won one gold and one silver medal at the West Asian Championship in Jordan, bringing their tally up to 8 medals.
An International Bronze Medal
The mixed martial arts sports proved its ability to compete on the global level despite its short experience. Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s mixed martial arts team took the bronze medal at the World Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championships in Las Vegas, USA.
A Bountiful Harvest
The Bahrain Weightlifting Association has the biggest record in winning medals totaling 175 medals in bodybuilding and weight-lifting, including 34 gold medals, 73 silver medals and 68 bronze.
The most prominent role of the association was at the Asian Beach Games in Vietnam last September when bodybuilder Ali Mohammed Al Qassab took a gold medal.
Bodybuilding star champion Sami Al Haddad was again at top form to clinch the gold medal at the Mozolani Classic 2016 in the Czech Republic in May, while Jassim Marhoon and Nasrallah Hashim managed a silver medal each at the Asian Championship hosted in China in May.
Mohammad Sabah added a silver medal at the World Championships in Bodybuilding in Italy in December. In West Asia Bodybuilding Championship, which was held in Bahrain last December, the nationals won 31 medals, including 11 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 13 bronze medals.
In weightlifting, Bahrain came out with a number of medals in the Arab and Afro-Asian championship hosted in Jordan last September, taking 25 medals (6 gold, 6 silvers, 13 bronze).
In the First GCC Women’s Championship 15th Men’s Championship in Bahrain in December, Bahrain was able to win 15 gold medals (57 silver and 42 bronze).
The Bahrain Table Tennis Association clinched 7 medals (2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze) at the 9th Junior International Championship organized by Bahrain in February. The Bahraini youth and junior national team ended in 25th place at the Arab Championship hosted by Tunisia in August after winning a gold and a silver medal.
The national junior basketball team was crowned champions of the 5th GCC Championship in Saudi Arabia in August after a distinct performance throughout the tournament.
The Bahrain Football Association achieved second place and the silver medal at the West Asian Championship for girls under 14 years hosted in Jordan in April.
Global Appearance, Continental Achievement
Handball continued its continental excellence as the national team qualified for the World Cup to be held in France in January, 2017, having finished second at the 17th Asian Men Championship hosted in Bahrain in January 2016.
The junior handball national team managed to qualify for the World Cup in 2017, to be staged in Georgia, after winning the 7th Junior Asian championship held in Bahrain in August and with it the tournament’s gold medal.
Two Gold Medals
The Bahrain Billiards and Snooker Association won seven gold medals, the most prominent of which was in the billiards singles by Hussein Al Khayat and in snooker singles (over 40 years) by Hisham Al Saqer at the GCC Tournament hosted in Bahrain in December 2016, in addition to a bronze medal by Habib Sabah in the same event. In West Asia Championship, hosted in Jordan in March, Habib Sabah won the silver medal in the snooker competition, the team of Habib Sabah and Ahmed Janahi finished third in the teams’ event, while Fahd Khalaf Al Jassas added the bronze of the billiards singles.
The Bahrain Bowling Association took 9 medals in total (2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 5 bronze).
Yousef Mohammed Falah won the gold medal at the 14th GCC Men’s Championship in the UAE last September. The national team was able to nail a silver medal and three bronze at the 10th GCC Youth Championship. The same team won four medals at the Arab Championship in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt.
The year 2016 saw the most prominent achievement for the Bahrain Gymnastics Association, winning 12 medals in total, including two silver and 10 bronze medals, at the 12th GCC Championship hosted in Qatar in August.
The future of golf
The Bahrain Golf Association took three different medals (2 gold and 1 bronze) at the Second GCC Women’s Championships and the 3rd Under-15 Championship hosted in Bahrain in February.
The Bahrain Cycling Association won 12 medals (4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze) at the 17th GCC and 18th Junior Road Championship hosted in the UAE in February, while the junior team won 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. In the 9th Gulf Cycling Championship, Saad Talal Al Saadi won the gold medal while the Bahraini team added a silver.
Bahrain’s Marital Arts Assocaition harvest in the past year featured 39 medals in total (12 gold, 6 silver and 21 bronze) in Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, Judo, Boxing and Wrestling.
The two Asian gold medals won by Ali Monfaradi at the Asian Beach Games in Vietnam in September and the 1st Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Turkmenistan were the most prominent victories for Bahrain Martial Arts Association in 2016, as the same athlete managed to win the silver medal in the World Championships in the USA in June.
The Judo team took 1 gold, 4 silver and 14 bronze medals at the GCC Tournament for Seniors, Youth and Juniors in Bahrain last September.
in wrestling, Adam Batirov gave Bahrain a gold medal at the Asian Championship in Thailand in February. The same wrestler qualified for the Rio Olympics in 2016. In Romanian wrestling, Mohammed Abdulfattah captured a bronze medal in the Asian Championship.
Medals on the Arab level
The Bahrain Shooting Association won 15 medals (3 gold, 4 silver and 8 bronze), while emerging on top at the 12th Arab Shooting Championship held in Egypt in April.
The Bahrain Maritime Sports Association took nine medals (3 gold, two silver and 3 bronze) at the 8th GCC Sailing Championship staged on home soil in March when Abdulla Janahi, Dawood Abdullah and Abdulrahim Abdullah starred in the Arab championship, which was recently held in the UAE winning three medals, including two gold medals and one bronze medal.GCC Gold
The Bahrain Badminton and Squash Association achieved 4 colored medals (1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze) at the 22nd GCC Squash Championship in Qatar in October. And in the Arab Under-19 Badminton Championship in Algeria in July, the national team won two silver medals, the first was in badminton singles and the second badminton doubles.
The Bahrain Swimming Association achieved 92 medals (23 gold, 43 silver and 26 bronze).
Our players showed a bright level of performance at the Gulf tournaments in particular. Our national team, in all age categories, scored high in the Gulf Championship for Water Games hosted in Saudi Arabia in August as they won 13 gold medals, 15 silver medals and 14 bronze medals. The players won medals in the Gulf 13th Short Course for juniors hosted in Qatar in January after they scored 10 gold medals, 28 silver, and 12 bronze.
Second on Arab level
The Bahrain Volleyball Association took second place at the 20th Arab Men Championship in Egypt in November, which reflected excellence at the Arab level. The junior team also succeeded in maintaining GCC Festival’s title in Bahrain in August for the second consecutive year.
The Bahrain Fencing Association won 6 medals (1 gold medal, 1 silver and 4 bronze) medals at the Arab Juniors’ Championship in Jordan in August.
In tennis, the national team won third place at the GCC Tournament held in the UAE during December.