Rio, 1 August 2016. He is a World Champion in high jump, he won a bronze medal for Qatar at the 2012 London Olympics and some say it’s only a matter of time until be breaks the world record. Aspire Academy graduate Mutaz Essa Barshim keeps challenging gravity on a daily basis, which makes him one of Qatar’s great medal hopes for the 2016 Olympic Games.
“What gravity huh?!!” The slogan on his caps says it all. Mutaz does not believe in limits. And many people don’t only see him as one of the candidates for the podium in Rio, but also one of the jumpers most likely to one day break Javier Sotomayor’s high jump world record of 2.45m. Are these high expectations more a curse than a blessing for the 25-year-old? “For sure, the more successful you become, the more people expect of you. But I always try to look on the positive side. So: Motivation rather than pressure. And obviously I’m doing what I love.”
Mutaz comes from a family with a passion for sports: All five of his siblings are into sports; his younger brother Moamer is following in his footsteps as a high jumper and came second only to Mutaz at the GCC Athletics Championships in Doha in 2013. Father Essa Mohamed Barshim was a middle- and long-distance runner before turning to coaching. “As a kid I played football, like most boys. It was my father who introduced me to track and field. Al Rayyan coach Abdul Hamdi spotted my talent and I then joined the long, triple and high jump teams.”
After Mutaz got his gold medal at Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. Sheikh Joaan, The QOC president congratulated the country’s superstar Barshim and appreciated his perseverance and hard work, which together paid off with an amazing gold medal in Tokyo, to be added to his two silver medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Sheikh Joaan said this achievement has further showcased the talent of the Qatari superstar and his dominance in the high jump at the world level.
He appreciated the Qatar Athletics Federation’s efforts in boosting the country’s athletics movement to a new standard of success. The QOC president also lauded the role of Aspire Academy in building and developing the talent of Barshim since his early years.
“Qatar’s ninth participation in the Olympics was outstanding and impressive by all standards, in which athletes left no stone unturned to honour our sport movement perfectly at this bigger sport event,” said the QOC president.
Sheikh Joaan is always present himself at the Olympic Games supporting Mutaz from the tribune and cheering him up.
Before the Olympic games QOC launched its promotional campaign Under the theme of “We Are Team Qatar” to support Team Qatar stars ahead of their participation in Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games
Qatar Olympic Committee honours Mutaz, 2019
After the victory of Mutaz in IAAF 2019, which was hel in Doha. Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) president HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani presented special awards (gold decoration) to outstanding Qatari athletes Mutaz Barshim and Abderrahman Samba on Monday.
The ‘gold decoration’ is awarded to Qatari athletes who come up with exceptional performances at the Olympics or other major international competitions.
Barshim clinched the high jump gold while Samba won the bronze in the 400M hurdles at the recently-concluded IAAF World Championships in Doha.
Sheikh Joaan said Barshim and Samba’s achievements were an inspiration to the people of Qatar. He urged them to give their best at the next major event – the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
2016 QOC honors Mutaz in Bayt Qatar
The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) celebrated one of the proudest moments in its history as high jumper Mutaz Barshim was welcomed to Bayt Qatar in Rio as the nation’s first ever Olympic silver medalist.
QOC President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani and Secretary General Dr Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari joined the ceremony, which was held in the souq area of the QOC’s hospitality house.
Brazilian as well as Qatari crowd turned up in large numbers waving the white and maroon flag and joining the celebrations which was held in the true spirit of Olympism.
Speaking at the stage, Mutaz said, “When I was young I used to watch my father and other great athletes and dream of standing on the podium at the Olympic Games. Today, at the age of 25, I celebrate winning my second Olympic medal and for me that is such a blessing. It was a great competition and having HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani in the crowd supporting me every step of the way was extra motivation. Not only that, but the first call I received after the competition was from the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani himself.
As well Mutaz participate in National Sport Day’s event organized by QOC.
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Thank you Al Rayyan Club for the beautiful honor and thank you, the club’s president, Sheikh Ali bin Saud, the vice president, Mr. Ali Salem, all the club’s members and affiliates, the football team who joined us in the celebration, the veterans of Al-Laiba and the athletics team managed by Captain Abu Al Hamad and Captain Ali Makki and all the coaches, Al Raheeb Castle is our home The first and Dom has a special place in my heart
As an outstanding athlete in Qatar and globally, Mutaz Barshim was chosen as an ambassador of 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP which will take place in Qatar in November-December 2022. Mutaz will take place in all the FIFA events happening in Qatar prior to the World Cup and during it, will promote the event in his social media accounts and engage his numerous fans around the world motivating them to come to Qatar to enjoy the festival of football.
Recently Mutaz participated in a Draw which FIFA organized in April, which was attended by Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as football legends and celebrities.
I’m looking forward to sharing the excitement with you as we build towards the tournament”. – said Mutaz on his Instagam.