The draw put the Jordanian champion Abada Al-Kisba in the round of 32, in the under-63 kilograms competition with the Belarusian player Dimitri Asanao, where they meet next Sunday, the same day that Uday Al-Hindawi (under 81 kilograms) will face Croatian Luka Blancic in the round of 32. The player Ziad Ashish was drawn against the winner of the match between Mauritius player Mervyn Claire and Canadian White Sanford, who will start his competitions from the round of 16 in the under-69 kg competitions next Tuesday.
On the same day, his brother Hussein will face Ecuadorean Julio Castillo in the round of 16 in the under-91 kilograms competitions.
And in the weight of 81-91 kilograms, the veteran Algerian Abdelhafid Ben Chebla will face the Uzbekistani Singer Tursunov, and in the +91 kilogram weight, the Bahraini Denis Latipov will face the Azerbaijani Muhammad Abdulayev.
In archery, Algerian Hoda Shaabi and Egyptian Zahra Shaaban compete in the 10m compressed air rifle competitions. In the men’s competition, the same Egyptian Sami Abdel Razek and Tunisian Alaa El Othmani will compete.
In taekwondo, Moroccan Omaima Al-Bushti will play with South Korean Jayong Sim, Egyptian Nour Abdel Salam with Turkish Rukia Yildirim at 49 kilograms, and Tunisian Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi with Russian Mikhail Artamonov at 58 kilograms. In badminton, Egypt’s Duha Hani plays against China’s Yu Fei Cheng in the first group.
Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman will start her participation in the Tokyo Olympics, when she competes in the 100-meter butterfly race, in her ambition to win her first medal, in the most prominent Arab athletes’ participation on Saturday. Osman, 26, who is based in the United States, won two bronzes in the 2017 and 2019 World Cups in the 50-meter butterfly. Othman will participate Saturday in the 100-meter butterfly heats and next Friday in the 50-meter freestyle heats.
Osman wrote on her Facebook account, “Excited to participate and represent Egypt in the Olympic Games… My dream is to make all Egyptians happy. I hope you will encourage me and be at my back.” In swimming as well, the Egyptian Marwan El-Nakhsh and the Tunisian Ahmed Hefnawy will participate in the 400-meter freestyle heats, the Jordanian Amr Al-War and the Sudanese Abu Bakr Abbas in the 100-meter breaststroke heats.
Attention is focused on the 12-year-old Syrian table tennis player, Hind Zaza, who is the youngest athlete in the current games. And she said in a message on the eve of her first match broadcast by the General Sports Federation in Syria, “I ask you to pray and encourage, nothing is difficult for me, I hope to perform well and make you happy.” Zaza faces Austria’s Liu Jia in the women’s singles qualifiers.
In the mixed doubles, Egyptians Dima Meshref and Omar Asr play South Koreans Lee Sangsu and Jeon Jihye. In the men’s singles, Saudi Ali El Khadraoui will play Czech Lubomir Yancharik, Tunisian Adam Hammam with Ukrainian Lee Ko and Algerian Laarabi Bouriaa against Hungarian Bensi Majoros, while Egyptian Yousra Helmy will face French Jia Nan Yuan.