Doha: Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim was declared the Best Male Athlete from Asia at the annual ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) gala annual awards in Prague on Thursday.
The two-time Olympic medallist and 2017 world champion accepted the award from pole vault legend Sergey Bubka.
“First of all I am very happy to be here and to win this award," said Barshim. “I thank my family, especially my mother, and my team for keeping me going."
Qatar Olympic Committee President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's ambassador to Germany and former QOC Secretary-General Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani were present on the occasion.
The ANOC Awards were established by ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah in 2014.
The winners of each award were selected by the ANOC Jury from a shortlist provided by each of the continental associations. Continental associations were asked to monitor athletes' performances across the international federations' World Championships, World Cups and Grand Prix events which took place this year, and submit a shortlist to the jury.
The ANOC Jury comprised of representatives from each of the Continental Associations, the ANOC Athletes' Commission Chair, ASOIF President, AIOWF President and ANOC Secretary-General.