Muscat, Oman, June 30, 2021: The Oman Olympic Committee has revealed that four athletes will represent the Sultanate at the Tokyo Olympics after receiving invitations from the IOC’s Tripartite Commission.
In a statement on its website, the Oman Olympic Committee said it had succeeded in obtaining invitations for swimmer Issa bin Samir Al-Adawi (men’s 100m freestyle), sprinter Barakat bin Mubarak Al-Harthy (men’s 100m), shooter Rami Hamad bin Saeed Al-Khateri (men’s 50m rifle three positions) and weightlifter Amer bin Salem Al-Khanjari (men’s -81kg).
President of Oman Olympic Committee, Seyed Khalid bin Hamad Al Busaidi, said: “Oman will be present at the Olympics with four athletes who were selected according to the Olympic standards and succeeded in obtaining special invitation cards due to their diligence and determination.”
The NOC President added: “We had hoped for more athletes to participate but, unfortunately, none of the national teams qualified for the Olympics which confirms the paramount importance of having serious long-term plans to ensure a good presence in future Olympics.”
The Secretary General of the OOC, Taha bin Suleiman Al Kishry, said the NOC had done its part and carried out all duties to support and follow up the efforts made by the respective sports federations to prepare these four athletes for the Olympics.
Both the OOC President and Secretary General praised the decision of the Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, His Highness Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham bin Tarik, regarding the creation of a High Performance Athletes Committee which will contribute significantly a stimulating environment for athletes to reach competitive standards at international level.
Al Kishry added that the making of an Olympic champion would require a “joint national responsibility that requires continuous and diligent work” from all stakeholders over a number of years.