UAE athletes collect presidential honours

28/04/2011 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
UAE athletes collect presidential honours

Some 76 officials, 60 coaches and 281 athletes are among those recognised for their contribution to the UAE's sporting heroes, it has been revealed.Top UAE athletes who have been instrumental in achieving progress and improvement in the sector of youth and sports are among those who were honoured by the president His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.In all, athletes from the UAE won 230 medals in regional, continental and international competitions over the course of the year, Gulf News reported.In a ceremony held at the National Theatre, 391 athletes, coaches and officials collected awards for their contribution to the sector."We are proud of the achievements of our athletes which is reflected in the growing number of those who are being honoured. Five years ago, the number was only 127 persons," Abdul Rahman Al Owais, minister of culture, youth and community development, said."The honouring is a clear message to all our athletes to do their best for their country."