Thursday, August 07, 2008

Follow Morocco's Olympic campaign.

Less than 24 hours before the opening of the 29th Olympic games of Beijing (August 8-24), Moroccan sportsmen and women are gearing up to forge a path to the Olympic podium.

Morocco, which has partaken in the games since 1960, aspires to add up more medals to its collection of 16 in athletics and 3 in boxing.

This year Morocco will compete in seven sports: athletics, boxing, Tae kwon do, judo, fencing, archery and swimming. This year, 47 sportsmen, including 4 Judokas, 3 Tae-Kwon-Do athletes, 2 fencers, a swimmer and an archer will be flying the flag for the Kingdom

Athletics and boxing have always been Morocco's big hopes in Olympic Games. Morocco reaped its first Olympic medal in Rome thanks to Marathon runner Abdeslam Radi who gave the country a silver medal in 1960. Twenty-four years later in Los Angeles, Said Aouita and Nawal El Moutawakil were crowned Olympic champions in the 5,000m men race and 400m women hurdles race respectively.

In 2004, Hicham El Guerrouj achieved what many consider a miracle when he harvested the gold medals of 1,500m and 5,000m events. His countrywoman Hasna Benhassi sealed the Moroccan celebration with a silver medal in the 800m event.

The View from Fez wishes the Moroccan sportsmen and women all the best in the Olympics.

Olympic Updates.

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Moroccan woman joins IOC


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