Lift off in Dubai

Abeer Anwar , Thursday 7 Sep 2023

The Egyptian para powerlifting team took fifth place at the Dubai World Championship.

The Egyptian para powerlifting


At the recent Dubai Para Powerlifting World Championship for athletes with disabilities, Egypt finished fifth with one gold, two silver and two bronze. That was the official figure.

Unofficially, in total, Egyptians won 24 medals in the championship – because not all of them were tabulated, depending on classifications.

Nine medals, including five gold, two silver, two bronze medals were collected in several weight categories.

Additionally, Egypt won four bronze medals in the overall category.

At the junior level, the youth team won four gold, one silver, and one bronze medal, along with four gold, two silver, and one bronze in the overall category.

At the elite level, Egypt grabbed four gold medals, two silver and one bronze.

Considering that the only discipline in Paralympic powerlifting is the bench press, Islam Mangi won a gold and a silver in the 80kg weight category, while Marwan Ahmed won two gold medals in the 107kg weight category. Rehab Radwan won the gold medal in 55kg, and Fatma Mahrous won silver medal in 61kg.

Nadia Fekri won the silver medal in the over 86kg weight category. Hadi Samuel won two silver medals in 49kg while Mohamed Fathi won two bronze medals in the 49kg weight category. Mohamed Al-Menyawi won two bronze medals in 59kg and Mohamed Sabri won one bronze medal in the over 88kg.

Taha Adel won one bronze medal in the 54kg weight category, and Amina Omar won one bronze medal. Randa Tajeddin won the bronze medal in the 86kg.

Hossamedddin Mustafa, the Egyptian Paralympic Committee president, received the team after they arrived victorious from Dubai. Mustafa congratulated the players on their performance and asked them to put in more effort in the coming period to be able to qualify for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games.

Egypt was also handed the flag for the 2025 World Para Powerlifting Championship after winning the bid to host the tournament. The announcement was made during the Dubai championship.
Emad Ramadan, head of the Egyptian delegation and treasurer of the Egyptian Paralympic Committee, praised the “excellent organisation” of the United Arab Emirates of the championship, emphasising that the UAE’s success “presents a new challenge for Egypt to host an exceptional tournament in organisational, technical, administrative and media aspects.

The Egyptian team had 19 players. The women were Omaima Omar (50kg), Rihab Radwan (55kg), Fatma Mahrous (61kg), Safaa Hassan (73kg), Amal Mahmoud Hanafi (79kg), Randa Tajeddin (86kg), Nadia Fekri (+86kg), and Amani Al-Desouki (+86kg).

Seven men’s players were Taha Adel (54kg), Sherif Othman (59kg), Mohamed Saad Al-Menyawi (59kg), Shaaban Al-Desouki (72kg), Mahmoud Sabri (72kg), Mohamed Sobhi (88kg), and Hani Mohsen (97kg).

It also had junior players Mohamed Fathi (49kg), Hadi Samuel (49kg), Islam Mangi (80kg), and Marwan Ahmed Mustafa (+107kg).

The Egyptian delegation was headed by Emad Ramadan, treasurer of the Egyptian Paralympic Committee. The staff included Abdel-Monem Salah, the senior national team head coach, Hani Mahmoud, general coach, Mohamed Ezzat, the junior head coach, and Emadeddin Bahgat, a coach and acting administrator.

Para powerlifting is governed by the International Paralympic Committee and is open to anyone with a minimum level of disability who can extend their arms within 20° of full extension during a lift. Powerlifting has been competing at the Summer Paralympics since 1984.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 7 September, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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