Wrestling: Egypt's Samar Hamza announces retirement after Olympics failure

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 2 Aug 2021

'I am proud of Egyptian female wrestlers and what we achieved. I did my best to be there in Tokyo,' Samar Hamza said via her Facebook account

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Egypt s Samar Amer Ibrahim Hamza (blue) wrestles Russia s Natalia Vorobieva in their women s freestyle 76kg wrestling early round match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. AFP

Egypt’s wrestler Samar Hamza announced on Monday her retirement after her recent failure in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

On Sunday, the 26-year-old Hamza was eliminated from the prestigious Tokyo Games after losing 16-12 against 2019 world champion Natalia Vorobieva of Russia in the Round of 16 of the Women’s Freestyle 76kg event.

“I am proud of Egyptian female wrestlers and what we achieved. I did my best to be there in Tokyo,” Hamza said via her Facebook account.

“I started my wrestling career when I was 18 years old. I represented Egypt in the African Championship for the first time in 2014, and I won the title and defended it, which is an achievement,” Hamza explained.

“Then, I participated in various international championships with only four short training camps under my belt, unlike all other participants in the Olympics.”

“Give the needed support to women’s wrestling to build a new generation with better facilities and a different culture,” she added.

“Thanks to all who supported me, my coach, and my teammates. This is enough for me, and thanks a lot for this great experience,” she concluded.

At the 2016 Olympics, Hamza was eliminated from the qualifying round of the Women’s Freestyle 76kg event after losing to Ekatrina Bukina of Russia. 

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