Bahrain Olympic Committee

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Bahrain Olympic Committee
Bahrain Olympic Committee logo
Bahrain Olympic Committee logo
Country/Region  Bahrain
Code BRN
Created 1978
Recognized 1979
Headquarters Manama
President HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Secretary General HE Abdulrahman Sadeq Askar

Bahrain Olympic Committee (IOC code: BRN) is the National Olympic Committee representing Bahrain as a member of the International Olympic Committee. It was formed in 1978 and received official recognition in 1979.[1] It is responsible for organising Bahrain's participation in the Olympic Games.

Office-holders and officials[edit]

The President of the National Committee is Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the Acting general secretary Abdulrahman Sadeq Askar.[1][2]

The President of the NOC of Bahrain Women's & Sports Committee is Shaikha Hayat Bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa [3]


The Bahrain Olympic Committee has a golden record of achievements won in various sports events on the regional, continental and global levels, as Bahrain has established itself as a prominent nation on the world sports map, The Bahrain Olympic Committee was able to achieve many awards, thanks to the continuous keenness on improving the outputs of sports action, and raise the efficiency of their employees and the national federations, to become one of the Olympic committees that have received a lot of awards on the regional, continental and global levels. There are many national and international achievements. but generally there is a remarkable participation, such as 2008 Beijing Olympics by the athlete Rashid Ramzi and 2012 London Olympic Games by the athlete Maryam Jamal.

2012 London Olympic Games[edit]

The London Olympic Games were the first Olympic Games in which every national team included female athletes. Maryam Yusuf Jamal, representing Bahrain, was the first female athlete from a Gulf nation to win an Olympic medal when she finished third in the women's 1500 m race. Bahrain has also sent 12 other athletes for the Olympics, competing in athletics, swimming and shooting events. [4]

Representations were made prior to the Games calling for the President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee to be refused admission to the United Kingdom on the grounds of his personal involvement in the physical abuse of athletes detained after participating in the 2011 pro-democracy protests.[5] The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) claimed that over 150 professional athletes, coaches and referees had been subjected to detention, abuse and torture by electric cables and other means on Prince Nasser's instructions and he could therefore be held liable for crimes against international humanitarian law.[5] Some athletes claimed he had personally tortured them,[6][7] Avaaz, the online campaigning group, also circulated a petition calling for Prince Nasser to be refused entry.[5] The Bahraini government denied the allegations that Prince Nasser had been involved in torture [8] and he was granted admission to attend the Games.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award[edit]

The Bahrain Olympic Committee had won the Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award as best Arab sport institution in 2011, thanks to its National Coaching Programme, organised by the Sports Training and Development Section.

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