Reaching the top in any discipline is difficult, especially when your opponents have more history, investment and structure. Morocco's success is based on strict adherence to sporting values, which are applied at all levels.
Respect, cooperation, social relations, friendship, competitiveness, teamwork, participation of all and expression of feelings have been the basis of Moroccan sport, which, after much effort, is achieving its goals.
His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, witnesses the ceremony announcing the winners of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, 12th edition, one of Mohammed bin Rashid’s global initiatives, pic.twitter.com/7WMrgDMGzb— MBR Awards (@MBRaward) November 22, 2023
Moroccan athletes won the 12th category of the Mohamed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum Sports Creativity Award. Morocco's national team received the Arab Team Award, coach Walid Regragui received the Arab Coach Award and athlete Sofiane el Bakkali received the Sustainable Sport Achievement Award.
In addition, Khadija Mardi received the Arab Sportswoman Award, Bushra Karboubi received the Arab Referees Award and Malak al-Allami received the Arab Young Sportsman Award for his outstanding sporting achievements.
Meanwhile, the World Sports Personality Award was presented to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the Sports Personality Award was received by Sheikh Talal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia (Kuwait), and Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid al-Nuaimi of the United Arab Emirates won the Sports Award and the Personality Award whose aim is to support and encourage sportsmen and women.
Morocco was second only to the United Arab Emirates (12) with six awards. Among the other participating countries, a total of 12 awards were won by Algeria (2), Tunisia (2), Switzerland (2), Kuwait (1), Iraq (1), Russia (1), Egypt (1), Syria (1) and Saudi Arabia (1).
With his excellent performance, he led his country to the semi-finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, becoming the first Arab coach to do so and finishing third in the International Federation of Football History and Statistics' ranking of the world's best coach. Among his merits are the 2014-2016-2022 best Moroccan coach awards, 2014 Throne Cup and 2016 Moroccan League champion with Moroccan side Fath Rabat, 2020 Qatari League champion with Al-Duhail team and 2022 Moroccan League and 2022 Africa Cup of Nations Champions League champion with Moroccan side Wydad.
Morocco national team
The Moroccan team was the first Arab and African team to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar and the first Arab team to top their group twice in the World Cup, the first African team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the World Cup since 2010 and the Arab team with the most goals in World Cup history, scoring 19 goals.
Gold at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 (3,000m steeplechase), gold at the World Athletics Championships Eugene, 2022 (3,000m steeplechase) and ranked No 1 in the world in the 3,000m steeplechase competition.
Gold medallist at the African Under-16 Tennis Championships in Tunisia.
The first Arab referee to referee matches at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup finals, was part of the refereeing team for the 2021 Men's Africa Cup Final and refereed the men's final of the Throne Cup in Morocco 2023.
Won gold at the World Championships in New Delhi - 2023, silver at the World Championships in Istanbul 2022, gold at the African Championships in Mozambique 2022 and ranked number 1 in the world at the weight of +81 kg.