The “Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Award”, an event showcasing women’s sport and its ecosystem in the presence of many athletes from the MENA region, was awarded to nine winners at a ceremony held on Saturday 17 September in Abu Dhabi.
Thus, the founder of Tajasport and Franco-Moroccan journalist Aziza Nait Sibaha received the “Fatima Bint Mubarak Prize” for the best sports journalist, the Egyptian Giana Farouk Mahmoud (Egypt) took away the prize for the “best Arab sportswoman”, and Shamma Yousef Al Kalbani was named the “best Emirati athlete”.
Meantime, Ahmed Gouda (Egypt) won the “Best Young Athlete” award, while his compatriot Rehab Ahmed Radwan was awarded the “Best Paralympic Athlete” award. The “Best Coach” award went to the Jordanian Faris Al-Assaf.
The Jordanian Women’s Football Association won the prize in the “youth development programs” category. The “Best Team” award went to the Egyptian Weightlifting Federation while the “Emirates International Endurance Village” won the “Best Innovative Sports Initiative” award. The Tunisian athlete Ons Jaber, for her part, won the prize for “sports personality of the year in the Arab world”.
In an address held on this occasion, the representative of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Women’s Sports Academy, Maryam Al-Mansouri, said that all categories of the award have seen strong competitiveness over the past few months, which proves the talent, will, and ambition of Arab women sportswomen, expressing her hope that Arab women will continue to come out on top in local and international sporting events and championships.