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His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has ordered the honoring of Ahmad Naqa Al-Mutairi with “Kuwait’s first-degree medal with the ribbon” for winning the gold medal in the 100m wheelchair race during the 15th Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Deputy Minister of the Amiri Diwan Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah said the champion was also awarded KD 50,000 and a plot of land.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad lauded the distinguished achievement made by Al-Mutairi who proved that the Kuwaiti youth could overcome all difficulties.
Emerging from the meeting held at Bayan Palace with His Highness the Amir, Al-Mutairi expressed pride for earning the honor by His Highness. “I am proud of this accomplishment and by God’s will, I’ll achieve more in the future,” he said.
Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, the Minister of Information, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Board Chairman of the Public Authority for Sports, accompanied the athlete during the audience with His Highness the Amir. Addressing His Highness the Amir during the meeting Sheikh Salman stated that Al-Mutaiti and the other Kuwaiti athletes took part in the Rio competitions for special needs, “the Flag of Kuwait … and they are not suspended by the grace of God.”
“They achieved excellent results in the 100 meter race setting a new Olympic record.” Sheikh Salman added that the sports authorities in charge of the Kuwait Disabled Sport Club have drawn up a plan to be implemented in the coming four years, so that further accomplishments can be made. Elaborating, he indicated that the victorious champion Al-Mutairi, in addition to the KD 50,000 award, will be getting an extra monthly financial allotment in appreciation for his accomplishments.
Sheikh Salman assured His Highness the Amir that Kuwait sports would register more achievements, “with Your Highness’s support and encouragement.” The audience was also attended by Sheikh Ali Al-Jarrah and Director General of the Public Authority for Sports, Sheikh Ahmad Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. (KUNA)