DUBAI, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, has been named the UAE Sports Personality of the Year at the 9th edition of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award.

Sheikh Nahyan was honoured because of contributions as the Chairman of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, and his guidance and initiatives to support the national sports federations and clubs, as well as to expand the base of sports practice, and the construction of sports and youth facilities.

Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, Under-Secretary of the Authority for Sports Planning and Development and President of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports, has picked up the corresponding award for Arab Sports Personality, in recognition of her contributions to the establishment and organisation of Saudi women's sport through the introduction of women's sport in public schools.

The winners were announced at a press conference at the Palazzo Versace Hotel by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, which is one of the entities under the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.

Moaza Al Marri, Secretary-General of the award, Mustapha Larfaoui, Member of the Award's Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Jury Committee, were also present on the occasion.

Source: Emirates News Agency