Oman sports fraternity mourns the loss of Macki

Habib Abdul Nabi Macki

The sultanate's sports family mourned the passing away of Oman's first elected IOC member and former Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) vice-chairman Habib Abdul Nabi Macki in Muscat on Thursday.

The 77 year old administrator served Oman sports in various capacities for more than four decades. Considered to be a stalwart in Oman sports administration, Macki had served the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) as its vice-president and was one of the main pillars for the success of the sultanate's first multi-sport event - Asian Beach Games in 2010.

He was the director-general of the Muscat Asian Beach Games Organising Committee and was honoured with the OCA Merit Award in 2011 for the success of the Games. In 2009, at the 121st IOC Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, Macki became the first Omani to be elected as an IOC member.

Born on March 23, 1943, Macki was a civil engineer by profession. An active hockey player in his young days, Macki was one of the earliest board members of one of the sultanate's oldest clubs, Oman Club, and served the club for many years. He also served as vice-chairman of the Oman Football Association (OFA) and was the OOC vice-chairman from 2005-2013. He also was the acting OOC chairman for a brief period.

For his outstanding services to sports in Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said had awarded him the Order of Merit (first class) in 2009.

Sheikh Saif al Hosni, the OOC acting chairman, and Taha al Kishry, the OOC secretary-general, led the tributes to Macki.

“Habib's demise is a big loss for Oman sports and in particular, the Oman Olympic movement. His contribution to the development of Oman sports will be always remembered,” said Hosni.

Kishry said, “Habib left a clear impression on Oman sports. His work ethics were widely appreciated an d his  presence at international level reflected a strong Omani personality. We have lost a sports stalwart.”

Tributes hailing his contribution to Oman sports also poured in from other top Omani sports officials from across the nation.  

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