His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of Qatar Olympic Committee, honoured the best athletes in Qatar in the Sports Excellence Day ceremony. The recognition event was held at the Qatar National Convention Centre on Wednesday, 4 October 2017 in presence of sports federation officials and the recognised athletes.
The recognised included three of the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) community; namely, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, Owner of Umm Qarn, as the Best Horse Owner in Qatar, Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki as the best Qatari Horse Trainer and Faleh Bughanaim as the Best Jockey. It is worth mentioning that both trainer Al Malki and jockey Bughanaim participate also in races under the colours of Al Shaqab, a striking force in horseracing both locally and internationally.
Brigadier-general Abdullah Mohammed Abdullah Al Yafei received the award on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani. Al Malki and Bughanaim received their awards among a large number of the recognised athletes. A group photograph with His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani was taken at the conclusion of the event.