UAE to send 14 athletes for Paris 2024 Olympics


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 7, 2024: The United Arab Emirates will be represented by 14 athletes in five sports at the Paris 2024 Olympics. It is the highest number since the London 2012 Games.


The UAE Olympic delegation, which will compete in athletics, cycling, equestrian, judo and swimming, was announced at a press conference at the Shindagha Museum in Dubai on Friday, July 5.


Equestrian’s Omar Al Marzouqi was chosen as the flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony on July 26.


Along with Omar, the others on the equestrian team are Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Salem Al Suwaidi and Ali Al Karbi. The final squad of four will be selected later.


Judo has the highest representation with six athletes: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg) and Khorloodoi Bishrelt (women's 52kg).


Cyclist Safia Al Sayegh will compete in the road race. She is the first Emirati female cyclist to qualify for the Olympics.


Swimmer Yousef Rashed Al Matroushi will take part in the men’s 100m freestyle while Maha Abdullah Al Shehi will compete in the women’s 200m freestyle.


In athletics Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi will compete in the women’s 100 metres.


UAE NOC Secretary General Faris Mohammed Al Mutawaa said: “I would like to congratulate the sports federations participating in the Olympic Games who have worked diligently over the past four years to reach this historic moment awaited by the athletes. Congratulations to everyone.”


The UAE are participating at the Olympics for the 11th successive time having first appeared at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.


The Emirates won its first gold medal at Athens 2004 when Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher won the men’s double trap shooting. The UAE’s other success came at the Rio 2016 Games when judoka Sergiu Toma won a bronze medal.


It was also announced that the UAE will have an Emirates House in Paris.