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Bahrain Olympic Committee

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Country/Region  Bahrain
Created  1978
Continental Association  OCA
Code  BRN
Recognized  1979
Headquarters  Manama

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 organizing Bahrain's participation in the Olympic Games.


Bahrain Olympic Committee History

The Bahrain Olympic Committee was founded in 1979 and re-registered according to the law No. (21) of the year 1989, issued on 26/06/1990 under No. (3) on the organization of clubs and associations in the field of youth and sports at the General Organization for Youth and Sports and has legal personality from the date of its registration publication in the Official Gazette.

The Bahrain Olympic Committee is an independent civil body with legal personality and is a member by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It has all the rights and obligations set forth in the Olympic Charter.

The idea to establish the committee was finally fulfilled on May 19, 1979 as it became the official organization supervising sport activities in Bahrain and under the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, which was founded in 1975, presided by the then Crown Prince His Majesty King Hamad.

And following the constituent meeting on May 19, 1979, in the presence of representatives of nine sports associations – athletics, swimming, football, basketball, volleyball, handball, weightlifting, table tennis and shooting, the main system of the committee was formed and submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, which was then the supervising organization of the national clubs and the sports associations.

On May 23, 1979, just four days after the constituent meeting, the then Minister of Labour and Social Affairs issued a decision announcing the foundation of Bahrain Olympic Committee and declaring the first board of directors, presided by Shaikh Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa.

After being accepted as a National Olympic Committee member of the International Olympic Committee in July 1979, the Bahrain Olympic Committee started establishing a series of relations with Arab and continental nations .

Late on, the Bahrain Olympic Committee joined the Arab Sports Games Federation and became a founding member of the Olympic Council of Asia, which was founded in November, 1982, as well as playing a major part in establishing the National Olympic Committee Union in August 1982.

Only three years in existence, the Bahrain Olympic Committee has gained world praise. The Ninth Asian Games in New Delhi, in December 1982, marked Bahrain's maiden appearance on the continental level.

The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, saw Bahrain compete for the first time on this level.

Since then, Bahrain has been keen to participate in the Olympics and Asian Games, as well as on the Arab revel, with its maiden contributions being at the Sixth Arab Games in Rabat, in Morocco in September 1985.

This boom saw Bahrain reach high competitive standard, starting from the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, in South Korea, through to Doha Asian Games in 2006, the 2010 edition Games in Guangzhou, in China, where Bahrain accomplished unprecedented achievements.

Bahrain also had impressive results on the Olympic Games levels, especially in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in Athens and Beijing, where they took their first-ever Olympic gold medal in the men's 1,500m through Rashid Ramzi, which was subsequently withdrawn after the Bahrain athlete failed to pass doping tests.

Committees Associated With The BOC

1. Marketing Committee

2. Technical Committee

3. Women and Sport Committee

4. Sport and the Environment Committee

Board of Directors

1. HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa (President of the Board)

2. His Excellency Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (Vice-President)

3. Abdul Rahman Sadeq Askar (General Secretary)

4. HE Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khalifa (Treasurer)

5. HE Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa (Board Member)

6. HE Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa life (Board Member)

7. Adel bin Abdulrahman Al Asoomi (Board Member)

8. Dr. Khalid Al Alawi (Board Member)

9. Ali Isa Isaaqi (Board Member)

10. Isa Abdulrahim (Board Member)

11. Abdul Hakim Al Shino (Board Member)

12. Ruqaya Al Ghasra (Board Member)

Achievements and Medals


1. Nasser bin Hamad The closing ceremony of the award was held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, in the presence of high-ranking sports officials.

2.Arab Women's Sports Tournament It was attended by high-ranking sports officials from all over the Arab region, including Bahrain Olympic Committee member and tournament Coordination and Follow Up Committee head Shaikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa.

3.Sport for Development and Peace The Bahrain Olympic Committee celebrated the United Nations’ first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to contribute with sports and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world.

4.NOC Visit to Rio

5.Olympic Solidarity Regional Forum

6.Olympic day 2014The Olympic Day is a celebration for youth around the world to observe the Olympic values of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and Sportsmanship. It is also a day to celebrate the International Olympic Committee 3 pillars: Move, Learn and Discover.Bahrain Olympic Committee celebrated the Olympic day, with a packed recreation campaign on June 23, 2014.

7.Summer Youth Olympic Games the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games was held on 16 Aug to 28 Aug 2014

8.17th Asian Games The Kingdom of Bahrain delegation to the 17th Asian Games, being held in Incheon, in South Korea, made history by winning its biggest ever gold medal haul in the history of the Games.Bahrain stayed on cours etoward beefing up the Medal Count at the 17th Asian Games. Bahrain won 18 medals in total, including eight gold, six silver and four bronze.

Sports facilities

1. Al Ahli Club Stadium

2. Bahrain National Stadium

3. Ittihad Al Reef Stadium

4. Khalifa Sport City - Sports Gym

5. Khalifa Sport City - Swimming pool

6. Khalifa Sports City Stadium

7. Muharraq Club Stadium

8. Um Al Hassam - Basketball

9. Um Al Hassam - Handball

10. Um Al Hassam Sports Complex


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