Moroccan athlete Soufiane El Bakkali and his compatriot referee Zitouni Matyout won the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for Sports Creativity, whose names of the winners, numbering 28, were unveiled in Dubai on Tuesday.
Soufiane El Bakkali was awarded (Arab sports category), according to the jury, for winning the gold medal in the 3000 meters steeplechase at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, becoming the first Arab athlete to win an Olympic medal in this race.
Also awarded in the same category, the Egyptian Faryal Ashraf Abdel Aziz for winning the gold medal in karate at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and it was the first Olympic gold medal for the Arabs in this discipline. athlete, the Tunisian Ahmed Ayoub Hafnaoui for winning the gold medal in swimming at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 (first Arab Olympic medal in swimming in the 400-meter competition), and the Saudi Arabian Tariq Ali Hamidi who won the medal money in karate at the same Olympics.
In the “Arab Referee” category, Moroccan referee Zitouni Matyout was crowned for being the first international karate referee to lead four finals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in addition to being awarded the title of best referee. African continent in this sport, and the Arab wissam of excellence in refereeing in 2021.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize rewards innovators in various sports fields and disciplines from around the world, and includes several categories.