Judoka Mesbah confirmed as Egypt’s flag-bearer in Olympic Games

Hatem Maher, Saturday 14 Jul 2012

Hesham Mesbah, bronze medallist four years ago in Beijing, will lift Egypt’s flag in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games later this month

Hesham Mesbah
Judoka Hesham Mesbah won the bronze medal in Beijing 2008

Judoka Hesham Mesbah has been confirmed as Egypt’s flag-bearer during the London Olympic Games’ opening ceremony on 27 July.

“Mesbah will lift Egypt’s flag in the opening ceremony while (taekwondo player) Tamer Salah will lift it in the closing ceremony,” Ahmed El-Fouly, head of Egypt’s delegation to London, told Ahram daily.

“Our delegation includes three Olympic medallists: Karam Gaber (Greco-Roman wrestling gold medallist in 2004), Tamer Salah (taekwondo bronze medallist in 2004) and Mesbah (judo bronze medallist in 2008).

“We chose Mesbah because Salah will not arrive before the opening ceremony. Salah will be assigned that task in the closing ceremony, however.”

Egypt’s largest-ever delegation includes 119 athletes who will take part in 19 sports.

“I’m sure we can win medals in the holy month of Ramadan. Our athletes are also inspired by the 2011 January revolution,” El-Fouly added.

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