Egypt Olympian wrestler Karam Gaber denies retirement

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 26 Feb 2024

Prominent Greco-Roman wrestler Karam Gaber spoke to Ahram Online (AO) denying reports claiming on Monday that he announced his retirement while he was unveiling that his injury would sideline him from the African championship that qualifies for the 2024 Olympics.

Karam Gaber
File Photo: Egypt s prominent Greco-Roman wrestler Karam Gaber. Photo courtesy of Karam Gaber.


Earlier on Monday, Gaber announced that he would not be able to participate in the African championship due to an injury, which subsequently meant his dream to secure a new Olympic achievement this time has ended.

Some Egyptian media reports said Gaber will retire, as he said he will head with the national teams and move his experiences through coaching. However, he told AO that he did not mean to announce retirement at all.

“I just apologized for not participating in the African championship because of a knee injury. I underwent two operations before in my knee, and the injury renewed while I was training recently,” Gaber explained.

“I was speaking about working as a coach in the future not at the time being, as my main target is to deliver my experiences to new generations through working with clubs or national teams even outside Egypt,” he added.

Gaber declared that he started a rehabilitation program with his doctor over the past two weeks in the hope of catching the African tournament, but sadly scans revealed that he had a completely torn meniscus, which will take three months at least to recover.

Gaber, 44, is one of Egypt's most decorated Olympians, having won the gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, before winning the silver medal at the 2012 London Games.

The wrestler said the trip is not over yet, insisting he still has a lot to deliver after recovery.

“I will be participating in different world championships in the coming period,” he concluded.

Success story

21 years ago, the success story of Gaber, who is ranked among Egypt's best Olympians of all time, began at the 2003 World Championships when he clinched the silver medal.

One year later, he continued to shine in Athens after winning the gold medal in the men's Greco-Roman 96kg at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

The success of the Egyptian wrestler continued at the 2012 London Olympics, winning the silver medal in the Greco-Roman event (84kg) to become the first Egyptian grappler to win two Olympic medals.

Sadly, Gaber missed the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after being hit with a two-year suspension by the United World Wrestling due to an anti-doping rules violation.

Since ending the suspension in August 2017, Gaber’s name was away from major wrestling events in recent years, before deciding to prepare for the African championship, which dealt a blow by the injury.

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