Bahrain Olympic Committee
Bahrain Olympic Committee logo
|National Olympic Committee|
|President||HH Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa|
|Secretary General||HE Sheikh Ahmad Bin Hamad Al Khalifa|
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. It is responsible for organising Bahrain's participation in the Olympic Games.
Office-holders and officials
The President of the National Committee is Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the Secretary-General is Shaikh Ahmed Bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain Olympic Committee is Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.
The Bahrain Olympic Committee has been active when it comes to the Olympics. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bahrain has won its first-ever gold medal through athlete Rashid Ramzi who raced to victory in the men's 1,500m event. But in 2009, and after a fully validated test for the third generation EPO (erythropoietin) endurance-enhancing hormone mirCERA© (CERA) became available, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board found that Ramzi had committed anti-doping violations after retained specimens tested positive for CERA. The IOC Executive Board disqualified Ramzi and ordered the National Olympic Committee of Bahrain to return Ramzi's medal and diploma.
2012 London Olympic Games
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. 
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. 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. Some athletes claimed he had personally tortured them, Avaaz, the online campaigning group, also circulated a petition calling for Prince Nasser to be refused entry. The Bahraini government denied the allegations that Prince Nasser had been involved in torture  and he was granted admission to attend the Games.
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