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29 December 2016

Fighting disability, and displaying his exceptional talent, grit and determination, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) employee Jassim Janahi won a medal at the recently held Spartan Race Arabia in Sharjah.

Commenting on the achievement, GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery said such successes by Company employees make everyone happy and overwhelmed. Such accolades in sports and other fields, the President said, were testimony to GPIC’s commitment to encouraging them to be competitive and creative in whatever they do.

He said the Executive Management, guided by the Board of Directors, felt great pride in such achievements.

Dr. Jawahery said this achievement was special since Mr. Janahi, who is an individual with special needs, required additional efforts and commitment for the success that he got. He said the Company took great care that employees are given all opportunities to be able to prove themselves at events of global significance.

He said Spartan Race Arabia is considered one of the world’s toughest and most challenging endurance races in terms of difficulty. He said Mr. Janahi’s achievement made sure the flag of Bahrain flew high at the event, making him, his Company and his Country proud in the sporting world.

Congratulating Mr. Janahi, the President applauded his high potential, calling it an example of how young Bahrainis seek success and achievement in spite of their physical disabilities and other challenges.

Mr. Janahi thanked the Board of Directors and the Executive Management, whose support had encouraged him to continue his work and give him a chance to take part in sporting activities as well as other programmes involving physical activity. He said all of the Company’s employees are key participants in these sporting events, which contribute to increasing their confidence and their ability to compete and challenge.

Mr. Janahi said he had trained a lot in preparation for the event and had been looking forward to make Bahrain proud.

The race consists of 30 unique obstacles, including climbing, crawling, and running through unknown terrain, such as water pools, mud tracks, barriers and fire. The race is a test of not only the contestant’s ability, endurance, patience and perseverance but also their mental strength and allows them to show off their abilities to the maximum extent possible.

The race was launched in 2007 in the United States and then moved to 14 countries, including Canada, South Korea, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and a number of European countries.

Included in the challenges are four categories - Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super, Spartan Beast and Spartan Kids.