British pound climbs as government makes U-turn on tax cut plan    Egypt's net foreign assets decline again to reach $925 million in August    Turkey's inflation jumps to 83% highest level in nearly in 24 years    Egypt's FM heads to Congo Today to attend PRECOP27 conference    King Charles III won't attend COP27 in Egypt, following PM Truss advice    Swedish coastguard says: Fourth leak discovered on Nord Stream pipelines    Egyptian gecko invades Israel    Egypt welcomes back Russian flights on 1st October    Egypt launches 200 Years of Continuing Science tourism campaign    Egypt, UAE partner on sustainable waste management in Sharm el-Sheikh ahead of COP27    QNB Group names TikToker Khaby Lame official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 brand ambassador    Three possible scenarios as Egypt's central bank governor resigns – MP    Adele is living a love story, wants to be a homemaker    In Photos: Egypt swears in 13 new ministers after major Cabinet reshuffle    Egypt's Sisi names 13 ministers in Cabinet reshuffle    Spain: prosecutor seeks 8 years sentence for Shakira over tax evasion    Egypt: Alamein Art Festival kicks off a collection of recycled installations    Egypt's athlete Basma Emad wins bronze in weightlifting in Mediterranean Games    Maha karara joins AAIB as Head of Corporate Communications, Sustainability    Egypt works on charting cooperation strategies with international institutions for 5 years: Al-Mashat    Over 2.4 million newborns examined for hearing impairment: Health Ministry    Netflix releases trailer of Arab adaption of 'Perfect Strangers' film    Balqees to headline concert celebrating launch of streaming giant LIVENow in MENA    Sawsan Badr to be honoured at Aswan Women Film Festival    MP Abdel Hady Al-Qasby calls government to facilitate and support NGOs    Al-Sisi follows up on 'Great Transfiguration Project' in St. Catherine    Cairo, London stress need to strengthen cooperation to face climate change    Foreigners account for 22.6% of Egypt's T-bills issuances in 1H 2021: CBE    Egypt's ambassador to Italy passes away    Egypt confirms readiness to help African countries face terrorism and extremism    An estimated 235 million people needed humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an increase of 40% compared to 2020: IOM Egypt    Egypt, DRC discuss water cooperation during WYF    Egypt, DR Congo discuss boosting bilateral cooperation during WYF    Cameroonian police probe assault on three Algerian journalists covering AFCON    Pharaohs start AFCON 2021 campaign with fierce clash against Nigeria    Foreign Ministry opens capacity building course for French-speaking African diplomats    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



Martial arts masters
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 28 - 09 - 2017

With a delegation of 43 players headed by Mohieddin Mustafa, deputy Egyptian Karate Federation president, Egyptian karatekas topped the medals table with 35 medals at the 2017 Junior, Cadet & U-21 Mediterranean Championships: 19 gold, 10 silver and six bronze as they took the spotlight this weekend as representatives of the northern African country. The event was staged in the city of Tangier in Morocco which hosted the 26th edition of the event that gathered young karatekas from Mediterranean nations.
Hosts Morocco came in second place with eight gold medals, seven silver and 18 bronze while Turkey came in third place with six gold medals, seven silver and 12 bronze.
The tournament attracted nearly 300 competitors from 11 Mediterranean countries and showed the rising power of Egyptian karatekas. Aya Ismail took her first medal in international competition in over a year after her silver in the 2016 Karate 1-Premier League in Hamburg, winning the U-21 Female Kata competition, thus opening the floodgates for Egyptian medals.
The gold medalists were Karim Walid and Nourhan Mohamed (youth individual kata), Rawan Ahmed (Female Kumite - 47kg), Yasmine Nasr (Female Kumite -54kg), Habiba Mohamed (Female Kumite +54kg),Youssef Mohamed (Male Kumite -70kg), Reem Ahmed (Female Kumite -48kg), Salma Nessim (Female Kumite -53kg), Nour Ashraf (Female Kumite-59kg), Mennat Shaaban (Female Kumite + 59kg), Zeyad Al-Gharib (Male Kumite-61kg), Taha Tarek (Male Kumite +76kg), Feryal Abdel-Aziz in U-21 (Female Kumite -68kg), Aisha Ahmed in U-21 (Female Kumite +68kg), Malek Salama in U-21( Male Kumite -60kg), Ahmed Al-Masri in U-21 (Male Kumite -84kg) and Mohamed Omar in U-21 (Male Kumite +84kg). They completed the outstanding domination of Egyptian karatekas in the elder categories.
Silver medalists were Malak Mohamed (individual kata), Nour Akram (+54kg), Mohamed Salah (-52kg), Ali Osama (+70kg) Abdallah Hisham (-68kg), Omar Ashraf (-76kg), Radwa Sayed (-50kg), Aya Salah, (-55kg), Abdallah Mamdouh (+75kg) and Ali Osama (+70).
Bronze medalists were Habiba Fouad (-48kg), Hazem Ahmed (+70kg) and Mustafa Mohamed (individual kata), and three bronze medals in the team kata from Asmaa Magdi, Shahd Ehab and Toka Hesham.
“It is a marvelous achievement that our young Pharaohs were able to raise the Egyptian flag high and win the championship among big names in the game,” Ayman Abdel-Hamid, Egyptian Karate Federation (EKF) president said. “It is also very good preparation for the World Junior Championship in October in Spain.”
Mustafa Fekri, EKF media committee manager said the achievement “helps the Egyptian national team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as it paves the way for the participation of a number of Egyptian karatekas in this great sport”.
Seif Eissa
Performing among his local taekwondo team and with a power breaking demonstration, Egypt's Seif Eissa competed in the Complex Sportif of Prince Moulay Abdullah in the Moroccan capital Rabat where he made it easily to the finals of the men's -80kg category, an event which fans had been waiting for as it is perhaps the most exciting category in the game.
They saw Eissa battling with Rio Olympic gold medalist and African taekwondo hero Cheick Sallah Cisse of Cote d'Ivoire who had been fighting hard and entertainingly all day. The Ivorian had vocal support from the crowd but the bout started at a slow pace with the two fighters probing each other and a fair bit of eyeball-to-eyeball psychological warfare taking place. It ended 0-0.
In the second round, the Egyptian scored first to the body, going 2-0 up but then lost a point for grabbing, 2-1. Finally, Cisse unleashed his attack, raising his score to 3-2 with a body kick.
In the third, just one point separated the fighters. Cisse asserted his dominance, going up 5-2 and playing a very physical game of pushing that seemed designed to intimidate the taller but slimmer Egyptian.
As the clock counted down, Eissa came alive, attacking across the mats with a flying side kick – a common technique in action movies but a rare kick in live competition – before landing a crescent kick to Cisse's head in the last 20 seconds and evening the score, briefly, to 5-5.
In the final seconds, the action escalated to close, fast and furious, with both men connecting. It ended 6-7 with a gold medal for the popular Olympic champ and a well-deserved silver for Eissa.
“I am very happy with the silver although I worked hard for the gold but my opponent was not easy at all,” Eissa said. “It was a dream match and a very hectic one. I thank all my fans and the people who backed me while playing as they really helped me reach where I am today.”
Milad Beigi Harchegani of Azerbaijan and Rene Lizarraga of Mexico had to be satisfied with bronzes.
The victors in each category won $5,000 in prize money. Silver medalists received $3,000 and the two bronze medalists took home $1,000 each. The winners were also guaranteed a place in the upcoming “Champion of Champions” Grand Slam series to be contested in December and January, where $100,000 of prize money will be up for grabs.
The invitational championship, the second of the four-series Grand Prix 2017, brought together 221 athletes and 48 international referees, representing 55 countries. Invitations were based on the August world taekwondo Olympic rankings.
Born on 15 June 1998, Eissa, a 19-year-old cadet, won a bronze medal at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics held in Nanjing, China, together with a gold medal in the 2015 African Games in Gaborone. He also took silver at the 2016 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in Baku.


Clic here to read the story from its source.