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Mohamed Elshorbagy: I’ve been mistreated by Egypt
Back in May, the 24 year-old told Squash Player magazine that politics might keep him out of taking part in Egypt’s quest of a fourth WSF World Team Squash Championship, “I will keep it to myself now, but they have to pick the world No. 1.”
Elshorbagy has missed the 2013 World Team Championship that was held in France, where Egypt lost the title to England. Ramy Ashour, Karim Darwish, Tarek Momen and Omar Mosaad represented Egypt in the tournament.
The issue goes back to last year’s El Gouna International. The tournament was won by Ramy Ashour, who beat Elshorbagy in the final. Elshorbagy channelled his frustration about what happened in the tournament, claiming that he’s been mistreated while playing in his country.
“When I played I was dealing with pressure. It’s always about Ramy in Egypt. Some people can’t believe that there could be someone who would take the place of Ramy,” Elshorbagy told Squash Player.
“I went there and found posters of Ramy in the road and they were giving Egyptian flags with Ramy’s name on in to the crowd.
“There were busses from Cairo with 200-300 hundred kids just to support Ramy. They treated me like I wasn’t an Egyptian,” he concluded.
The problems for the Egyptian team that will participate in the Men’s World Team Championship go beyond Elshorbagy. With Ramy Ashour’s fitness uncertainty and Amr Shabana’s retirement, Egypt could end up with a more youthful, less-experienced quartet in Kuwait City.