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The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) have opened the nomination window for the 8th Fatima Bint Mubarak Women Sports Awards.

Running from June 5 to September 10, the nominations aim to acknowledge the accomplishments of outstanding UAE National and Arab sportswomen in various fields across eight categories.

The prize pool totals AED 1.8 million. The nominees will be revealed on October 23, 2024, with the award ceremony slated for November 13, 2024.

This year, female athletes who have achieved significant milestones from September 2023 to September 2024 are eligible for nominations.

The categories and their respective cash prizes are as follows:

  • Best Arab Women Athlete (AED 500,000)

  • Best Emirati Women Athlete (AED 300,000)

  • Best Youth Athlete (AED 150,000)

  • Best Paralympic Athlete (AED 150,000)

  • Best Female/Male Coach (AED 150,000)

  • Best Sports Media (AED 100,000)

  • Best Team (AED 300,000)

Introduced in the seventh edition, a new category, Best Sports Mother, comes with a AED 150,000 prize.

The Arab Sport Personality of the Year will be chosen by the jury based on the individual’s achievements and contributions to supporting women's sports.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and Mother of the Nation, launched the Fatima Bint Mubarak Women Sports Awards to bolster the UAE’s, especially Abu Dhabi’s, sports infrastructure.

The awards enjoy significant support from Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairwoman of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, and President of the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Women’s Clubs.

These awards are the first of their kind in the region and have gained notable support from the Arab women's sports community.

They aim to empower women, highlight their achievements, improve participation, enhance competitiveness, and create a supportive environment for women athletes.

The goal is to raise their performance levels to place them at the forefront of global sporting events.

Winners are honored in an annual gala attended by prominent UAE National and Arab figures, alongside the winners' families and friends.

This ceremony highlights their career achievements in various sports.

During a press conference at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Aref Hamad Al Awani, General-Secretary of the ADSC, stated, "We are here to announce the details of the eighth edition of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Women Sports Awards.

This prestigious award, named after the Mother of the Nation, aims to inspire every Emirati and Arab athlete to excel and to honor women who have succeeded in various sports fields."

Aref Hamad Al Awani expressed his gratitude to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak for her ongoing support of the awards and her appreciation for high achievers in the Arab world.

He also thanked Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed for her continued efforts to ensure the success of the awards.

Al Awani highlighted the crucial support from their wise leadership, emphasizing their appreciation of women's significant role in society, particularly in sports.

He assured that ADSC, under His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is committed to providing the necessary support for the awards.

Finally, he thanked all partners and sponsors whose contributions have significantly influenced the awards' success and objectives over the past seven editions and wished success to all participants in the eighth edition.

 

Dr. Omniyat Al Hajri, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, announced the eighth edition of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Women Sports Awards with great pride.

She attributed the award's success to the guidance and support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, who is the President of the General Women’s Union, the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and the Family Development Foundation.

The award has become a benchmark for honoring exceptional women in sports, thanks to the continuous support from Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chair of the Academy's Board of Directors.

Dr. Al Hajri emphasized that these awards have grown into a highly-anticipated event for talented women in the UAE and the broader Arab world.

They highlight and motivate accomplished women in various sports and sports media fields, encouraging their creativity and drive to achieve more.

The awards play a crucial role in empowering women's sports and improving them year after year.

She also mentioned that this year's awards come with increased financial incentives and that the criteria for nominations are inclusive.

She anticipates a large number of female candidates and wishes them all success.

Dr. Al Hajri expressed special gratitude to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for its ongoing support of women’s sports and the awards specifically.

Dr. Najwa Al Hosani, head of the judges’ committee, noted that the awards reflect the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak and the enduring support of Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed.

She said the judges' committee, which includes a distinguished group of arbitrators she chairs, has established ten general conditions and guidelines for the nomination process.

Applications must be submitted online through the official awards website, with candidates agreeing to the electronic pledge after reviewing all instructions and required documents.

Submissions must be in Arabic, and adherence to the awards’ bylaws is mandatory, especially concerning ethical standards recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Candidates must provide proof of their significant achievements, impacts, and outstanding results.

They need an official letter from their National Olympic Committee, Federation, or Sports Body, and all achievements must have been completed between September 11, 2023, and September 10, 2024.

 

Source: mediaoffice

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