Dubai: Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the United Arab Emirates National Olympic Committee (NOC), praised Humaid Al Qatami, former First Vice President of the NOC, for his contributions to the Olympic movement in the UAE. Sheikh Ahmed praised Al Qatami for promoting the Olympic Charter and values, as well as managing the NOC’s efforts to promote new sporting achievements in the United Arab Emirates as part of the leadership’s vision to create champions in various sporting prospects . He also praised Al Qatami’s efforts to strengthen the Olympic movement and the status of the UAE in the international sports arena, and emphasized Al Qatami’s key leadership role in the development of NOC – related laws and regulations.
He also praised Al Qatami’s efforts to improve women’s participation in sport, adding that he is a role model for future generations whose tremendous contributions to the NOC will be remembered forever. Al Qatami thanked Sheikh Ahmed for his gesture of appreciation and said that the UAE NOC, chaired by Sheikh Ahmed, has made many decisions to promote the development of local athletes and sportsmen. ‘I express my deepest gratitude to Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and to NOC’s board members, the executive office and all the committees I have worked closely with. During this period, I gained extensive expertise in the field of sport and forged several friendships with the NOC family – locally and internationally – which I will always cherish, ‘Al Qatami added.