Lafdini and Abou Fares won in the Special Needs Persons and Distinguished Athletic Achievements categories.
Rabat – Fatima Zahra Abou Fares and Abdennour Lafdini, among others, received awards at the 10th Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards on Wednesday at the Dubai World Trade Center. The organization announced the results last November.
Abou Fares, a taekwondo artist, won the Arab Athlete of Distinguished Athletic Achievements award. Abou Fares was the first Arab to win a gold medal in taekwondo at a youth Olympics event when she won gold in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.
Lafdini, who tied for second place at the 2017 World Para-Taekwondo Championships in London, and Emirati Ahmed Mubarak Almutaiwei, who has won 6 gold and silver medals in international cycling tournaments, shared the Special Needs Persons award.
Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah, two-time African Footballer of the Year, received the Distinguished Arab Athlete award for his outstanding season with Liverpool.
A total of 353 candidates competed in the 10th Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards, compared to 297 in 2017.