• The star is proud of the values of giving that he shares with Dubai.
• Dubai Sports Council congratulated Sakho and his 'Emsak' initiative, urging players in the country to follow the path of giving and helping those in need.
Dubai :07 April 2023: Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, chairman of the executive council of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Corporation, honored the French international soccer star, Mamadou Sakho, founder of the “Amsak Donation” charity initiative, with the “Sports Footprint” award, in recognition of his efforts in supporting the needy and constructing stadiums in Africa, as well as supporting charitable institutions of public interest, including 'Noor Dubai' Foundation, as part of the ceremony honoring the winners of the tenth edition of the Watani Al Emarat Award for Humanitarian Work
The Dubai Sports Council congratulated the French star, Mamadou Sakho, for winning the prestigious award, which represents Emirati appreciation for what this star is doing, who played for some of top European football clubs, included Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as the French national teams from the age of under 16 years to the first national team, and he won respect and appreciation from everyone. He also continued his giving outside the field and launched the “AMSAK DONATION' initiative, in which he used his good relations with international players, public entities, and his fame to collect money donation to support charitable projects and the needy in the sports and humanitarian fields in Africa and others and become a role model for other players and celebrities around the world in this field.
The Dubai Sports Council confirmed that Sakho initiative embodies the values of giving to needy children and all people, which are the values that the “Sports footprint Award” bears. Therefore, he deserved to win the fourth edition of this award to be the first international sports star to win the award in appreciation of his fundraising campaigns and organization of charitable auctions to sale collectibles items of big stars and donate the money to the needy.
“AMSAK DONATION' organized in November 2022 in Dubai an exhibition match that brought together some of top players and stars. He also organized a charity auction attended by many international football stars, in which many items of most important international football stars were sold, and the auction revenues were allocated to support the projects of the Noor Dubai Foundation which helps those in need of treatment in Africa and around the world.
The Dubai Sports Council also urged all players in the UAE of various nationalities to follow the path of giving and supporting those in need in the world through initiatives like what the star Mamadou Sacco did.
Sakho expressed his feeling of pride and happiness to win this award, which supports the values of giving and supporting the needy around the world and said that a person should not forget God’s grace upon him when he gave him the good that makes him live a decent life, and therefore he must return this debt and support the needy, especially that A person who lives one life has to leave a good contribution and an important trace that will be remembered after death.
Sakho also said during his visit to the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex and his follow-up to the International Padel Championship and the Volleyball Championship within the Nas Sports Tournament that he is looking forward to continuing cooperation with institutions in Dubai that support children and the needy, and said that he visit Dubai several times a year, where he feels that he is in his second home and feels happy to meet former and current players and various community figures. He also finds all support and encouragement to carry out his humanitarian initiatives in Dubai and allocates its revenues to support humanitarian causes in Africa and various countries of the world, and he announced that he plans to live in Dubai with his family in the future.
During his visit to the Nas Sports Tournament, Sakho also met with Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, President of the Emirates Padel Federation, and Nasser Aman Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council and Vice Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the tournament.
The organization of the “Sports footprint Award comes in cooperation between the Dubai Sports Council and the ' Watani Al Emarat Foundation ' to spread the culture of humanitarian work and support the spirit of giving to society through sports, as well as strengthening the status of voluntary social work in the sports sector. Sports and community institutions and individuals are invited annually to take part in this award and try to win it according to the competition axis 'the responsibility of humanitarian work in the sports sector', which includes community initiatives that achieve the humanitarian and societal goals of sports so that these initiatives have a positive impact on the sports sector.
The “Sports footprint Award” was added to the categories of the “Watani Al Emarat Humanitarian Work Award”, starting from the seventh edition of the award, under the slogan 'Unlimited Capabilities'.
The first “Sports footprint Award” awarded to 'Landmark' group, in recognition of the group's role in raising awareness of the importance of exercise and physical activity for all segments of society, as well as organizing the annual “Beat Diabetes Walk” with the participation of thousands of different nationalities and ages.
Nakheel won the second edition of the award thanks to its continuous initiatives to promote a balanced lifestyle for the community by providing modern sports facilities that are an essential part of Nakheel's communities, as it includes tracks for cycling and running, sports fields and gardens, providing ideal places for everyone among its residents. Nakheel has annually supported the 30x30 Dubai Fitness Challenge with several corporate-wide sports and fitness events for employees, as well as free community events and attractions for more than 300,000 residents.
The 'Al Khayyat Investment DIP ' won the third edition of the award for its initiatives in spreading the practice of sports in society and providing modern equipment and devices to achieve this goal.