MOE SBIHI was named as Team GB’s first Muslim flagbearer and has urged the UK’s Islamic population to follow him into sport.
But who is he? Here’s all you need to know…
Mohamed is Team GB’s first muslim Olympic flagbearerCredit: PA
Who is Mohamed Sbihi?
Mohamed Sbihi, 33, is an Olympic rower who was born in Kingston upon Thames to a British mother and a Moroccan father.
He studied Sport Science with Health, Nutrition & Exercise at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham on a sports scholarship and played both basketball and football.
At the age of 15 he was spotted by a talent scout and joined the GB Rowing World Class Start programme.
Sbihi said: “It’s a huge honour and a big deal.
“To be the first person of the Muslim faith to have that role and duties is a very proud moment.
“I hope that it has the impact we would like. This team has been incredibly diverse and inclusive for a long time. This isn’t an overnight thing.
“But it is amazing to be the first and I feel very lucky to have been chosen.
“I’ve always said we need more numbers and representation and hopefully this will help start that process of getting young Muslim kids involved in sport, especially rowing.”
How many Olympic medals has Mohamed Sbihi won?
In 2012 Mohamed competed at his first Olympic Games in London and was part of the British crew that won the bronze medal in the eight.
In 2016 Mohamed was part of the GB coxless four.
What other medals has Mohamed Sbihi won?
In 2013, he was part of the men’s eight that won gold at the World Rowing Championships.
In 2014, he won two gold medals in the coxless four – at the European Rowing Championships in Belgrade and the World Championships in Amsterdam.
In 2015, he won gold at the World Championships for the third consecutive year.
Two years later he won bronze at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.
He then won a bronze medal at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, as part of the eight.
In 2021 he won a European gold medal in the eight in Varese, Italy.
Is Mohamed Sbihi married?
Mohamed has been married for a number of years to his wife, Rachael.
Moe credits Rachael with keeping his Olympic dream alive and kicking.
Speaking on behalf of The Official Estate Agent of Team GB, Purplebricks, he said: “She has seen through my false bravado when a poor result comes in and sees that it hurts me.
“She reminded me that the postponement gives me a fantastic opportunity.
“She told me I couldn’t quit, I couldn’t stop now because of the work I’ve put in.”