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FEATURE: Egyptian Teams in the Olympics
The Egyptian handball team qualified to the Rio 2016 Summer Games after winning the 2016 African Championships in Cairo.
The Egyptians are in Group B along with Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, and hosts Brazil. The top four teams in each group qualify to the quarterfinals. The group is undoubtedly difficult, as Germany and Sweden are world number one and two, respectively. Poland is ranked 11th globally, Slovenia is ranked 20th, and Brazil slides in at 27th. The Pharaohs currently lie 15th globally.
The Egyptian handball team has appeared in five Olympics, with their best performance being in 1996, in which they finished sixth.
Women’s Beach Volleyball:
The Egyptian women’s beach volleyball qualified for the Rio Olympics as a result of their CAVB Continental Cup, held in Nigeria. This is the debut appearance for the team, who will be represented by Doaa El-Ghobashy and Nada Meawad.
They will be competing against German, Italian, Canadian teams in Pool D. The top two duos in each pool will advanced to the Round of 16.
Men’s Indoor Volleyball:
Egypt men’s volleyball team qualified for Rio by finishing in first place in the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament, held in Republic of the Congo. The Egyptians will be the lone African competitor.
The Pharaohs will be in Group B, along with Poland, Russia, Argentina, Iran, and Cuba. The first four teams of each group advance to the quarterfinals.
The Egyptians will hope their ninth appearance in the Games will yield their best ever result, besting their 2010 performance, in which they finished 13th.
Egypt will send nine synchronized swimmers to compete in Rio. Two will compete in the women’s duet and the other seven will compete in the team events. They qualified due to their top African finish at the 2015 FINA World Championships.
The duet competitors are Samia Ahmed and Dara Hassanien. Nariman Abdelhafiz, Leila Abdelmoez, Samia Ahmed, Nour El-Ayoubi, Jomana El-Maghrabi, Dara Hassanien, Salma Negmeldin, Nada Saafan, Neha Saafan are the seven competitors for the team event.