French reception

Abeer Anwar , Tuesday 4 Jun 2024

As the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games draw near, French Ambassador Éric Chevallier hosted a reception at the French Embassy in Cairo to bolster support for Egypt’s athletes. Abeer Anwar attended

French Embassy

 

The reception welcomed notable figures including President of the Egyptian Paralympic Committee Hossameddin Mustafa, Secretary-General of the Egyptian Olympic Committee Sherif Al-Erian, head of the sports sector at the Ministry of Youth and Sports and representing the minister Ashraf Al-Bajrami, head of the Central Administration for Sports Performance Mohamed Al-Kordi, and Assistant Minister for Championship Affairs Abdel-Awal Mohamed.

Also in attendance were Egyptian Paralympic Committee members, federation presidents and numerous athletes poised to compete in Paris.

Ambassador Chevallier extended his heartfelt congratulations to the athletes and administrators, commending their successful qualifications and affirming that Paris eagerly awaits their arrival.

He highlighted France’s extensive preparations “to ensure the forthcoming games reflect the nation’s grandeur and capacity, bringing together the world’s elite athletes in a spirit of noble competition”. He emphasised the games’ commitment to equality, with balanced representation of men and women across both Olympic and Paralympic events, setting a new standard for inclusivity.

In his address, Mustafa expressed “profound gratitude to Chevallier and the French nation for their exceptional efforts in organising what promises to be a landmark event, hosting 4,500 athletes”. He detailed the composition of the Egyptian Paralympic delegation, comprising 130 people, including 70 athletes competing in 13 disciplines, all meticulously prepared to vie for top honours.

Al-Erian conveyed his appreciation to the French ambassador for orchestrating the celebratory gathering, underscoring Egypt’s historic achievement of qualifying for the Paris Olympics with its largest contingent to date, with further qualification opportunities still available. He expressed his best wishes for the athletes’ success in Paris and eagerly anticipated celebrating their triumphant return with Olympic and Paralympic medals.

The Paris Olympics are scheduled to take place from 26 July to 11 August with Paris as the main host city and 16 other cities spread across the country.

The Paris Paralympic Games will be held from 28 August to 8 September.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 6 June, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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