For every moment of glory at the Olympics, there are thousands of moments spent training ruthlessly to get there.
Aside from the rigorous physical work, it costs quite a fortune to get ready. The expenses of training for over a decade fall on the athletes’ shoulders, and that’s why Olympic games are the Oscars of the athlete world.
You might be wondering where would Egypt fall in the upcoming Olympics, well, Egyptian athletes have proudly made an appearance at every edition of the Olympics since the country’s debut at 1912 except for 1932 and 1980.
To our pride, Egypt is scheduled to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020.
Here are the champions who are about to go down in history and take the country’s name with them and the sports they are to compete at:
The Two Egyptian archers, Ahmed Zaher and Azmy Mhelba qualified by winning at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
Egypt fielded a squad of eight artistic swimmers to compete in the women’s duet and team event through an African continental selection at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
Egyptian canoeists qualified two boats for the Games by receiving spare berths freed up by South Africa at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
Ali Hassan and Sama Ahmed qualified after earning a bronze medal for 200m.
Three equestrian riders reached the Olympic team jumping competition for the first time since 1960, after the team topped the overall ranking of the Moroccan International Championship.
The Egyptian equestrian team includes Mohamed Taher Ziada, Nael Nassar, Sameh Al Dahan and Abdul Qader Saeed.
Egypt men’s football team qualified for the Games by advancing to the final match of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations. This signifies Egypt’s return after an eight-year absence.
Egypt entered one artistic gymnast, Mandy Mahgoub, into the Olympic competition. Mahgoub booked a spot by finishing seventeenth out of the twenty gymnasts eligible for qualification at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sherif Nazeir and Rio 2016 Olympian Haidy Adel secured a selection each in the men’s and women’s event respectively after their groundbreaking finish at the 2019 African Championships in Cairo as they were both awarded gold medals.
Egypt qualified one boat in the men’s single sculls for the Games by winning the gold medal and securing the first of five berths available at the 2019 FISA African Olympic Qualification Regatta in Tunis, Tunisia. Abd el Khalek el banna would be the athlete playing in this category.
Egyptian sailors qualified one boat in each of the men’s laser and women’s laser radial. Ali badawi and Khloud mansy were qualified after winning the silver medals of African Championships.
Egyptian swimmer Ali Khalafalla would be competing at the category of Men’s 50 m freestyle.
Egypt entered six athletes into the table tennis competition at the Games. The men’s and women’s teams secured their respective Olympic spots by winning the gold medal each at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco. Only permitting a maximum of two starters to compete each in the men’s and women’s singles tournament.
Egypt entered two tennis players into the Olympic tournament for the first time in history: Mohamed Safwat and Mayar Sherif.
Sherif happens to hold the 256th place out of the sport’s top 300 athletes but she needs to maintain her current ranking until the tournament begins next year. As for Safwat, He currently holds the 233rd place.
Egypt qualified one wrestler, Mohamed Ibrahim, for the men’s Greco-Roman 67 kg into the Olympic competition after achieving the fifth place at the World championship.
Samy Abdelrazek secured a spot for egypt after getting the silver medal for 10 m air pistol men.
All of these athletes will be celebrated as having reached the pinnacle of physical performance in the Olympics.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to respectfully crown years of training and join the world’s athletic elite.
As for the rest of us back home, we would be cheering for the champions every step of the way and rooting for them. You’ve already made us proud and continued a journey of legends!