Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi honours Egyptian athletes who won medals during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Egyptian Presidency
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi honoured the Egyptian men and women who won medals during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Tuesday at Cairo’s Al-Ittihadiya Palace, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady revealed in a post on Facebook.
Egypt won six medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the country’s largest number of medals in the history of the Olympic Games, including one gold for Feryal Ashraf, one silver granted to Ahmed Elgendy, and four bronze medals given to Giana Farouk, Hedaya Malak, Seif Eissa, and Mohamed "Kesho" Elsayed.
El-Sisi praised the achievements made by the Egyptian delegation in the Olympics through winning medals and contributing to enhancing Egypt’s position in the international sports arena, Rady said.
“[The president] affirmed his appreciation of Egypt’s athletic heroes, as they represent a role model for Egyptian youths in excellence and strong determination and in exerting efforts to reach a goal,” Rady added.
El-Sisi called for securing the required capabilities [to train] all Egyptian athletes of different age groups in various sports and providing full support to them to ensure that they continue to achieve further athletic achievements, saying that it is important to start preparing now for the upcoming Olympics in 2024.
El-Sisi also honoured the players’ training staff.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy, and Hesham Hatab — the president of Egypt's Olympic Committee — were also in attendance.
El-Sisi awarded the first-class medal of sports to karateka Feryal Ashraf and her trainer Hany Shaker Eshta, Rady said. Ashraf, 22, won the gold medal in the Kumite +61kg to become the first Egyptian woman to win gold in the Olympics.
The president also awarded the second-class medal of sports to silver medalist pentathlete Ahmed Elgendy and his trainer El-Sayed Abdel-Rahman Aly.
Bronze medalists and Taekwondo fighters Hedaya Malak and Seif Eissa and their trainers were awarded third-class sports orders.
Karateka Giana Farouk - who also won the bronze - and her trainer El-Sayed Mohamed Abdel-Regal alongside Greco-Roman wrestler Mohamed "Kesho" Elsayed and his trainer El-Sayed Mohamed Ahmed were awarded third-class sports orders.
El-Sisi announced in August that some bridges and main roads will be named after Feryal Ashraf and fellow Olympic champions in appreciation for 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 champions who honoured Egypt at the Olympic Games.
In a Facebook post, El-Sisi congratulated karateka Ashraf, saying “I am proud of my daughter … and of every Egyptian who raises Egypt's name high in international forums.”