Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has honoured the Egyptian athletes and their training staff who won medals during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, awarding them honorary medals for sporting excellence, a presidential statement said on Thursday.
Egypt won seven medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in both power-lifting and taekwondo competitions, including five silver medals and two bronze medals.
Weightlifters Sherif Othman and Rehab Ahmed brought home Egypt's first two silver medals, in the Men’s 59 kg and Women’s 50 kg competitions respectively.
Mohamed Sobhy won the bronze medal in the Men’s 80 kg event, then Mahmoud Ahmed Attia and Fatma Omar won silver medals in the Men's 72 kg and Women’s 67 kg events respectively.
The sixth medal was clinched by Hany Abdhay who won the bronze in the Men’s 88 kg event. Taekwondo fighter Mohamed Elzayat won Egypt its seventh medal in the Men's K44 -61 kg taekwondo event.
With the presence of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy, El-Sisi received the winners and their training teams at Cairo’s Al-Ittihadiya Palace earlier today.
He granted the second-class medal of sports to silver medallist Taekwondo fighter Elzayat, and his trainers Mahmoud Abdel-Gawad and Hani Ali.
Silver medalist weightlifters Sherif Othman, Mahmoud Ahmed Attia, Rehab Ahmed and Fatma Omar as well as their trainers were also awarded second-class sports orders.
Bronze medalist weightlifters Mohamed Sobhy and Hany Abdhay were awarded third-class sports orders.
El-Sisi praised the champions' achievements and their coaching teams, saying "they contributed to raising high the Egyptian name and boosting the country’s status at international sports events."
"They proved that strong will and firm determination are capable of overcoming obstacles and achieving the desirable goals."
The president issued directives to step up support for all Egyptian athletes in preparation for the coming Paris 2024 Paralympics to make further sporting achievements.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympics took place between 24 August and 5 September, with 48 Egyptian athletes having participated.