The Muslim Association of Britain expresses its delight at the tremendous success achieved by Team GB in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics which closed on Sunday night. Congratulations to one and all!

MAB shared the whole country’s elation at the achievements of our Olympians which made Rio 2016 the most successful games for Team GB for over a century. The endeavour, determination, skill and drive which placed us in second place ahead of the entire world, bar USA in the final medal table, presents a great source of inspiration for all the communities which make up our British society as well as our Olympic squad.

The diversity of backgrounds of our athletes reflected perfectly the image which society aspires to while upholding the values of harmony, collaboration, unity and compassion. For 16 magnificent days, hatred, division, discrimination and fear were committed to the far side-lines, as the nation cheered and celebrated the triumphs of Mo Farah, Laura Trott, Max Whitlock and the dozens of other sporting heroes.

It was also uplifting to see how nations from across the globe came together in fierce competition, but not in war nor in animosity, despite the huge diversity in race, language, religion, culture and colour. Mutual respect, fair-play and humanity were the characteristics of these games, from which the politicians of the world would do well to adopt and seek guidance.

While there have been so many notable successes from Team GB, MAB would like to extend its admiration and congratulation to our Muslim athletes for their excellent role in lifting the mood of the entire nation during these challenging times.

On this occasion, MAB President, Omer El-Hamdoon said, “We congratulate Team GB on their remarkable achievements. I would like to give special mention to one athlete who is highly regarded as the Greatest ever British athlete, Mohamed Farah – aka Mo Farah. He has demonstrated how British Muslims are and continue to be sources of inspiration in British Society.”