Tokyo, Lebanon’s road to the podium |

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Beirut – The great Lebanese athlete hopes to return to the podiums in the Tokyo Games, 41 years after winning the last Olympic medal, despite the difficult conditions that the country is experiencing at all levels, especially the economic crises.

Six athletes are participating in the Lebanese mission, after it was formed from 9 athletes in the Rio de Janeiro tournament five years ago, where they will participate in 5 sports: shooting through Ray Bassil, judo through Nassif Elias, weightlifting for women through Mahasin Fattouh, athletics through Noureddine Hadid, and swimming. Which will be represented by Munther Kabbara and Gabriella Douaihy.

The President of the Lebanese Olympic Committee, Pierre Galakh, considered that there are three players qualified to win an Olympic medal that is long overdue for Lebanon, as Hassan Bishara (Greco-Roman wrestling) was the last to put Lebanon’s name in the medal table by winning silver in the Moscow Games in 1980. It was the first Olympic medals for Lebanon. In the Helsinki Games in 1952, when Zakaria Shehab won the Greco-Roman wrestling silver under 57 kilograms, and Khalil Taha won the Greco-Roman wrestling bronze in the under 73 kilograms, then the 1972 Munich Olympics witnessed Mohamed Trabelsi achieve silver in weightlifting for the weight of 75 kilograms.

Galakh added, “We have hope in all the participants, but in fact, the players who qualified through the qualifiers are the ones who are qualified to compete for medals, and those who received invitation cards, we hope that they will benefit from participating and providing all their efforts and improving their numbers at least.” The Lebanese are relying primarily on Bassil in the pit competition, as well as Nassif Elias (32 years old – judo, 81 kg category), who won many medals in regional and international championships, the latest of which is the bronze of the Grand Prix in Cancun, Mexico 2018.

Weightlifter Mahasen Fattouh (32 years old – weightlifting 76 kg). Runner Noureddine Hadid (28 years – athletics) will participate in the 200-meter race, swimmer Gabriella Douaihy (22 years – 200 meters freestyle), and swimmer Munther Kabara (21 years – 200 meters medley).

The head of the mission, Mazen Ramadan, said, “The Lebanese Olympic Committee has supported a number of players (10) through the Olympic Solidarity Fund of the International Committee over the years, in addition to aid from the Lebanese Olympic budget, through monthly grants that secured part of the costs involved.” .





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