His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of Bahrain Athletics Association, the Honourary President of Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation, stressed that Bahrain is a pioneer in embracing and hosting various sports events and activities, which further contributes in translating the directives of the wise leadership in energizing the sports movements and push towards turning Bahrain into a strategic sports tourism destination.
His Highness said: “We express our pride and gratitude with Bahrain embracing the Gulf Sports Exhibition, held for the first time in the Kingdom, under the patronage of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in cooperation with HANO Consulting company. The exhibition will have a large sport gathering show for the GCC countries in various sports and it will be a true platform for exchanging experiences among the countries of the region in this regard. It will also contribute to raising the capacities and capabilities which reflect on the development of sport and promote the Gulf.”
His Highness added that this exhibition will be a true platform to showcase Bahraini achievements accomplished by the national teams in their various participations, which adds to the Kingdom’s honourable record of achievements, especially the sports of Mixed Martial Arts, which is included in the exhibition, in addition to the Bahrain Self Defence Association.
HH Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa praised the efforts exerted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs under the chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Hisham Bin Mohamed Al Jowder, in implementing initiatives and programmes that execute the strategic plan set by HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa to support the organizing and hosting of various regional and international sports events. This plan contributes to enhancing the status of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the global sports map, contributing to marketing the Kingdom as a vital location for the establishment of these events and attracts tourism, particularly at the sports level. His Highness appreciated the efforts of the working committees in organizing and creating the perfect atmosphere of the expo, which reflects on achieving the desired goals.