(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) H E Sheikh Saad al Saadi, the Minister of Sports Affairs, received the prestigious President Award from the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) at a gala dinner, hosted by the Oman Hockey Association (OHA), on Friday night.
At a packed ballroom of a hotel, Tayyab Ikram, the chief executive of the AHF, presented the award to H E Sheikh Saadi for the sultanate's whole-hearted support in hosting the ongoing fifth edition of the Asian Champions Trophy.
Speaking on the occasion, Ikram thanked H E Sheikh Saadi for supporting and hosting Asia's premier hockey competition. He said, 'The Oman Hockey Association has done a commendable job in hosting this tournament and on behalf of the AHF executive board, I would like to express our gratitude to H E Sheikh Saadi and the Ministry of Sports Affairs. I am delighted to present the President Award from the Asian HockeyFederation to H E Sheikh Saadi and I hope the game of hockey continues to develop in the sultanate.
H E Sheikh Saad al Saadi (right) receives the award from Tayyab Ikram
'I would also like to thank H E Sheikh Rashad al Hinai (Undersecretary at the Ministry of Sports Affairs) for his continued support.' Ikram also presented a special award to H E Hinai on the occasion.
In a press statement, H E Sheikh Saadi thanked the AHF for the award. He said, 'Oman is ready to host big-ticket tournaments and the Asian Champions Trophy is one good example. We believe that by hosting such events, it will give Oman a push as a sports destination that will go a long way in promoting sports in the sultanate.'
Also at the event, former Oman hockey stars - Thurmah al Ajmi, Shabaan Ramadan, Sabeel al Balushi, Khalid Waleed and Mohammed Moosa – were honoured.
The OHA also paid tributes to two of its senior officials who passed away recently – Yaqoob Mirooq and Dawood al Shibli.
The AHF felicitated Shakir Munir, an OHA official, for his tireless efforts in making the ongoing tournament a success.
H E Rashad al Hinai, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Sports Affairs, presented the award to Munir.