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Egypt on 31 medals at 2015 Special Olympics
Egyptian athletes have thus far achieved 31 medals at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, four days after the competition started.
Egyptians are participating in various sports at the Special Olympics, including: aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bocce, bowling, power-lifting, table tennis, tennis, equestrian, football and handball.
Eight golden medals have been achieved so far by Ahmed Beshir in shot put, Amro Abd-almaguid and Mohamed El-gharbi in equestrian, Mahmoud Khalil in the 200 meter running competition, Mariam Youssef and Mohamed Ahmed in freestyle swimming and two medals by Shaymaa Ahmed in singles table tennis.
In addition, 13 silver medals were won by Mariam Youssef in the 200 meter freestyle swimming competition and Mohamed Ahmed in the 100 meter backstroke, Ahmed Gouily and Mohamed Gaafar in the tennis doubles, Dina Saleh and Mariam Azzab in equestrian, Youssef Mohamed and Alaa Ibrahim in shot put, Mohamed Tayel in bench press and four medals by Attia Abd Elghafar in bocce.
As for the bronze, medals were achieved by Mariam Youssef, who won gold and silver, in the 100 meter backstroke, Mary Eskander and Dina Soliman, two medals each in tennis doubles, Nashwa Abd Elkader in shotput, Ahmed Metwally in freestyle swimming, Mostafa Galal in backstroke swimming, Mohamed Ahmed, who also won gold and silver, in freestyle swimming.
165 countries are represented by 6,500 Special Olympics athletes this year. Athletes are competing in 25 Olympic-type sports.
“I hope the Youth and Sports ministry opens its arms to those athletes, and to compel Egyptian clubs to include them in their activities,” said Ayman Abdelwahab, MENA’s Special Olympics’ Managing Director.
“I am sure that the Youth and Sports minister will make this issue a priority, since having a place for these athletes to train will enhance their skills,” he added.
It is to be noted that Egypt’s Special Olympics delegation, which is led by Mostafa Mohamed Hassan Shabana, made great accomplishments in the past versions of the competition.