Facts & figures about Team Egypt in Tokyo 2020

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Jul 2021

Egypt is sending its largest ever delegation to the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ashram Online gives you a few facts and figures from Team Egypt

Team Egypt in Tokyo 2020

* 134 athletes are taking part in the Olympic games, representing Egypt in 27 sports. This is the country's biggest ever delegation, surpassing  the 120 athletes who participated in Rio 2016. 

* Taekwondo fighter Hedaya Malak and fencer Alaa Abouelkassem are the only decorated athletes among Egypt’s delegation. Malak won a bronze medal in the -57kg category at Rio 2016 and Abouelkassem won a silver medal in the foil event in London 2012.

*Shooter Mostafa Hamdy, 49, is Egypt’s most experienced athlete as he will participate in his fifth Games after Atalanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 after London 2012. He is followed by Handball captain Ahmed El-Ahmar who will participate to his fourth Olympics.

* Egypt qualified for the triathlon for the first time in its history through female athlete Basmallah Al-Salamouni.

* Egypt will miss some of its biggest medal contenders after the weightlifting federation was suspended over doping cases. Rio 2016 medalists Sara Samir and Mohamed Ihab will consequently miss the Tokyo Games.

* U23 football coach Shawki Gharib selected Ahly keeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, Ittihad Jeddah defender Ahmed Hegazi and Zamalek defender Mahmoud “El Wensh” Hamdi as the three overage players in his 22-man squad. Mohamed Salah and Mostafa Mohamed were not allowed by Liverpool and Galatasaray to play in the Olympics respectively.

* Karate was included in the Olympics for the first time and Egyptian athletes have a good shot at getting on the podium, especially two-time world champion Giana Farouk.

* Egypt won a total of 32 medals in its Olympic history including 7 gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze. The country's best achievement was in London 1948 when it won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal.

* Born on 12 December, 2007, Hana Godda is set to become Egypt’s youngest ever athlete to compete in the Olympics at the age of 13 years and 224 days, beating the previous record of swimmer Rania Elwani who competed in Barcelona 1992 at the age of 14 years and 286 days. 

* Fencer Alaa Abouelkassem and Taekwondo fighter Hedaya Malak were chosen to be flagbearers for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games

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