His Majesty’s Representative for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports Council (SCYS) chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa thanked His Majesty King Hamad for the Royal support which enabled him to win the Ironman World Championship, held recently in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Shaikh Nasser beat more than 3,000 participants worldwide.
He paid tribute to HM the King who encouraged him to give his best and bring glory to the Kingdom.
Shaikh Nasser also credited the Bahraini team which included Mohammed Al Qais, Khalid Bouallay among others for their outstanding performance on the 40th anniversary of the Ironman World Championship.
He thanked to all those who followed up his landmark achievement and congratulated him on winning the crown.
Shaikh Nasser yesterday met at Al Wadi Palace in Riffa a group of social media practitioners from Bahrain, as well as journalists and media figures from the Kingdom and the UAE.
Also present during the reception were distinguished Bahraini sports figures, including professional world champion Sami Al-Haddad, Bahrain Olympic Academy director Dr Nabil Taha and former Bahraini athlete Rukaya Al-Ghasra.
The meeting was also attended by SCYS vice chairman and Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA) chief Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Hisham bin Mohammed Al Jowder.
Shaikh Nasser hailed the role of the press, radio, TV and the social media in supporting and promoting plans and programmes aimed at developing youth and sport movement in Bahrain.
He particularly commended radio, TV and social media users, stressing their role in boosting his enthusiasm to win the Ironman title.