Manama, Aug. 25 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received at Sakhir Palace today Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Work and Youth Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport (SCYS) His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and SCYS First Deputy Chairman and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. HH Shaikh Nasser introduced to HM the King Bahrain National Football Team who won the 9th edition of the West Asian Football Federation Championship (WAFF), held recently in Iraq.
HM the King delivered the following speech:
“In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
My dear sons, the heroes of Bahrain
Peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.
I extend to you the warmest welcome and I have the pleasure to offer you the heartiest congratulations and best wishes on the triumph of our football national team and on winning the West Asia Championship.
I extend my deep appreciation to the members and staff of the team and to the Bahrain Football Association for this historic and honourable achievement that has marked another glorious moment for Bahraini football and embodied the capability of our national competences to excel and assert themselves in competitions.
Through your persistent insistence on winning the championship, you were able to present a bright image of the meaning of hard work and diligence, as did our golden young people who reached the highest levels of achievement and accomplishment. You succeeded in turning your participation into a national success that added a lot of joy in the hearts of the people of Bahrain. Their spontaneous and genuine feelings reflected and expressed the joy of the nation.
Thank you and may God bless your endeavours. You were up to our national standards and expectations and were able to bring home an outstanding success, just as you had promised.
We also have the pleasure to congratulate our young Bahrainis who during just this month have accomplished numerous achievements.
They won the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) basketball junior championship, the West Asia under 15 tennis championship, and the Arab beach volleyball championship. We do appreciate their remarkable efforts and we express our pride in their praiseworthy achievements.
On this auspicious occasion, I would like to thank His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, each in his field of competence, for their meticulous work and personal follow-up to ensure the utmost conditions for the progress and evolvement of sports.
I pray to God Almighty to bestow on you success in accomplishing further achievements in all sports competitions.
God bless you all and God bless Bahrain and the determination of its people.
Peace and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.”
Bahrain Football Association (BFA) President Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa presented to HM the King the WAFF trophy and the commemorative gifts.
HH Shaikh Nasser extended heartfelt thanks and expressed deep respect to HM the King for his unflinching support to the youth and sport movement which boosted Bahrain’s standing on the international sport map and yielded many achievements, including the 2019 WAFF trophy. He pledged to exert more efforts in supporting the youth and sport movement and attaining forecast goals by bringing about more accomplishments.
The national team players expressed heartfelt thanks and gratitude to HM the King for his tremendous support, pledging to continue accomplishing further achievements and holding high the kingdom’s name in the sporting events. They also expressed thanks and respect to HH Shaikh Nasser and HH Shaikh Khalid for their tireless efforts and continuous encouragement to achieve honourable results.