A file photo of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Egyptian Presiency)
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has announced that some bridges and main axes will be named after Feryal Ashraf and fellow Olympic champions in appreciation of their athletic achievements at the Tokyo Olympics.
In a telephone conversation with TV anchor Youssef El-Husseini on Egypt’s Channel One on Sunday evening, El-Sisi pledged to continue to provide his full support to the Egyptian athletes who honoured Egypt at the Olympic Games.
Ashraf won Egypt’s only gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The Egyptian karateka won the gold medal in the Kumite +61kg event after beating her Azerbaijani opponent Irina Zaretska in the final. Ashraf finished on top of Group B with five points after winning two of her matches, losing one, and drawing the other.
In another telephone conversation with TV anchor El-Husseini, Ashraf thanked the president for his unwavering support to sports.
Ashraf called for further support for the sport of Karate in Egypt, noting that businessmen should contribute to promoting individual sports.
Ashraf was also thankful to the officials at the Faculty of Pharmacy — where she is studying — for delaying her exams so that she could take part in the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Ashraf’s mother urged her daughter to contribute to the presidential “Decent Life Initiative” to develop the Egyptian countryside.
The mother said she was happy with President El-Sisi’s telephone conversation during the show, saying: “It is a great honour that Egypt has El-Sisi as a president.”