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Syria Dominates Arab Military Sports Games
Syrian boxers dominated the Arab Military Sports Games boxing tournament in Damascus, where 2600 athletes competed in ten different sports. AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu attended the opening ceremony of the inaugural Games.
Damascus – 20 October 2010
Altogether 79 competitors from eleven nations took part in the Games boxing tournament: Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Syria’s Houssin Al-Masri has competed in different international tournaments in Asia this year and these experiences helped him to bag the gold medal in Damascus after beating Mahdi Al-Khishisha of Morocco in the light flyweight final.
Another final fight between Syria and Morocco was held in the flyweight division, where local 19-year-old Houzaifa Warda defeated Roudwan Khashfan by 4:1 and may thus qualify for the Asian Games.
Algeria’s top boxer, Pan-Arab Games winner and Military World Championships bronze medalist, 23-year-old Mohamed Amine Oudahi claimed the gold medal in Damascus as expected but had to endure a tough battle against Francophone Games silver medalist Wael Chahine of Lebanon. The final verdict was 7:4 to Oudahi. Syria’s top boxer Wessam Salamana missed the final and had to content himself with the bronze medal.
Abdelkadir Yasoud of Algeria has gained a lot of international experience in military boxing tournaments but caused a huge upset in Damascus by beating the reigning African Champion Badreddine Haddioui of Morocco in the lightweight final.
Tunisia’s Mohamed Al Boslime secured his nation’s only gold medal in Damascus at the Games where he defeated Asian Championships quarter-finalist Abdelrahman Al-Hadi Al-Toum of Qatar in the 64kg final. Mohamed VI Trophy winner powerful Mohamed Mechhabi of Morocco also took part in the Games but he gained only a bronze medal.
Syria’s strong Utemisov Memorial Tournament winner Abed Al Mouin Aziz claimed the welterweight victory over Jordan’s newcomer 22-year-old Moustafa Masoud Barqawi while great names such as African Champion Adil Bella of Morocco and Asian Games bronze medalist Hzam Nabah of Qatar missed the final in Damascus.
Former Asian Junior Championships silver medalist Ishak Waez triumphed over Abdelkader Haloui of Algeria in the middleweight final to achieve a career best. Waez has been boxing since 1998 and has medal expectations at the Asian Games next month.
Karim Bin Mansour of Morocco showed no sign of nerves at competing in his first major international tournament and took the gold after beating by 2:1 local 25-year-old Mustafa Farah, who had moved up from middleweight to 81kg.
Syria’s biggest boxing hope, 21-year-old Mohamed Ghossoun, competed in the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan where he almost reached the Top 8 but the young fighter was eliminated by Morocco’s Mohamed Arjaoui only by accepted scores.
The Mediterranean Games bronze medalist Mohamed Ghossoun defeated Hamzi Bin Karmi of Algeria in the heavyweight final, where the final score was 7:2 to the young Syrian boxer.
Mohamed’s elder brother 25-year-old Sumar Ghossoun is one of the best Syrian boxers with great international results In Damascus, he followed silver medals from the Asian Championships, Arab Championships and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Memorial Tournament with a gold at the Arab Military Sports Games after beating United Arab Emirates’ Jaber Abbas in the super heavyweight class final, with the referee stopping the unequal contest in the second round.
Photo Credit: Mohamed Kamel Shbib
On October 10th, President Wu attended the Opening Ceremony of the Inaugural Arab Military Sports Games in Damascus and was warmly greeted by 12 National Boxing Federations, as a total of 20 Arabic countries gathered to compete in 10 exciting sports over 10 days.
From October 10th to 20th, Syria is holding the first-ever Arab Military Sports Games and the sport of boxing is no doubt one of the major disciplines and attractions of the Games. President Wu joined the Technical Meeting on the 11th with representatives from the 12 National Boxing Federations participating in this event. In his remarks to the Member Federations, Dr Wu mentioned that he was very glad to see that the development of Boxing in Arabic countries is indeed growing rapidly and that all the facilities for boxing competition and training are well maintained. During the Technical Meeting, President Wu also encouraged the development of women’s boxing, explaining the concept of WSB, and AIBA development programs such as the Boxing Academy. Many of the representatives at the meeting expressed their appreciation for President’s attendance as it was the first time for the National Member Federations from the Arabic countries to meet face to face with an AIBA President in the Arabic region.
President Wu also visited the Syrian Olympic Committee and gave his full support for the development of boxing in Syria, as the Syrian Olympic Committee President – Brig. Gen. Mowaffak Joumaa – regards boxing as an important national sport in Syria.
With a total of 2600 athletes competing in the spirit of peace and sport, the boxing competition started from October 12th and will conclude with the on October 18th.
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