Achraf Hakimi crowned best Arab athlete

Achraf Hakimi and his mother

Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi was crowned, on Saturday in Riyadh, best Arab sportsman, during a ceremony organized to pay tribute to artists and sportsmen from all over the world as part of the “Joy Awards 2023” awards.

Hakimi, player of the French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) who reached fourth place with the Moroccan national team at the last FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, won the prize for the favorite Arab athlete at the end of the public vote, said the chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority, Turki Al-Sheikh.

He added that Saudi Mariam Saleh Binladen won the favorite sportswoman award.

On this occasion, Mr. Al-Sheikh presented prizes to several artists and influencers in the fields of television, cinema, sports and music, as well as to the new faces of the artistic scene with a view to supporting the young talents.

This event saw the participation of great Arab and world artistic figures, including the Saudi singer Mohamed Abdou, the Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, the American directors Michael Bay, the Australian actor Mel Gibson, the Egyptian comedian Mohamed Henedi, the Kuwaiti singer Nabil Shuail, among others.

Colombian-American artist Sofia Vergara won the Personality of the Year award, while Saudi Rashed Al Majed, American Mel Gibson, Egyptians Ahmed Helmy, Mona Zaki and Mohamed Mounir and Kuwaiti Hayat Al-Fahd, Souad Abdullah and Nawal won the Honorary Entertainment Creators Award.

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