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Thursday, 14 September 2006

By Mohamed YAMANI UAG President

On the eve of the FIG Congress to be held  in Geneva in October of this year 2006, the  Congress which must decide, among other things, the formula of selection of the next Olympic Games and implicitly the right for an African participation , it appeared interesting to us to make a flashback and to put the question to know why Africa disappeared from the Olympic scene whereas it was already present at the OG of London in 1948 with an Egyptian team obtaining a honorable classification : 13th  among 16 teams present.

In 1956, in the Helsinki Olympic Games Egypt classifies again 16th among 23 teams entered with a large-scale surprise : the individual classification of the Egyptian Ali Zaky Attia in the 50th  place among 185 participants, whereas, the South African gymnast Lombard R. is being classified in the 141 place, South Africa performs thus  its first appearance in the OG. A retrospective on the results of the African participation comforts us in the idea of one return to the normal : An effective participation of the African continent in the next Olympic Games, historically speaking Africa never proved to be unworthy.

OLYMPIC GAMES OF LONDON 1948 

Ordering /  By team:                                  Egypt 13ième on 16 committed teams    

OLYMPIC GAMES OF helsinki 1952 

Ordering:  By team:                                  Egypt 16ième out of 23 equips committed 

Individual:              

  • · Ali Zaky                       EGY 50 on 185 committed gymnasts 
  • · Safwat Mehmoud          EGY 125  
  • · Gheriani Maghdi            EGY 135  
  • · El Giddawi Ahmed         EGY 137  
  • · Lombard R.                   RSA 142  
  • · Youssef Ragai               EGY 154 
  • · Hamdy Mohamed           EGY 159  
  • · Wells J.                         RSA 169 
  • · Yelsetz R.                      RSA 171 
  • · Reda Mahmoud              EGY 181 

OLYMPIC GAMES OF MELBOURNE 1956 

Ordering:  

Individual:                                  Lombard Ronald RSA 51 on 63 committed gymnasts   

 

OLYMPIC GAMES OF ROME 1960 

Ordering: 

By team:              

  • · Egypt                          15ième on 20 committed teams 
  • · Morocco                      20  

Individual:           

  • · Lazhari Mohamed             ALG 68 on 130 committed gymnasts 
  • · Abdallah Ismail                 EGY 86 
  • · Ahmed Dekkeli                 EGY 96 
  • · Sharraf Abdewares            EGY 101 
  • · Selim Faroux                    EGY 109 
  • · Allam Ahmed                    EGY 110 
  • · Sekkat Ahmed                  MAR 123 
  • · Fellat Ahmed                    MAR 124 
  • · Mselek Miloud                   MAR 125 
  • · Regragui Mohamed            MAR 126 
  • · Tanjaoui Dahrif                   MAR 127 
  • · Kacem Kalifa                     MAR 130 

OLYMPIC GAMES OF TOKYO 1964 

Individual:           

  •  Lazhari Mohamed             ALG 91 on 130 committed gymnasts. 
  •  Ibrahim Mohamed             EGY 127          
     
     
     
     

OLYMPIC GAMES OF MEXICO CITY 1968 

Ordering:

Individual:                                  Lazhari Larbi ALG

  

 

Our means of prospection in this field end at Mexico City, we leave the door open to further information that everyone else could provide to enable us better determine the problem arising. It is worth recalling, and it seems to me good enough to announce that the first African representative in the Olympic Games of Sydney , particularly in the TRAMPOLINE specialty is the Algerian Ali BOURAI with a classification more than honorable , and that in the Olympic Games of Athens, the South African gymnast and the gymnast of the Cape Verde, they were among the most appreciated referring to the applause meter of the Show . By the way what is  the name of these African  representatives  ? Could  you guess ?

Cap Verde Gymnast

South African Gymnast

OLYMPIC GAMES OF ATLANTA 1996 
An agreeable visitor of our UAG site informs us that gymnast Moroccan Naima EL RHOUATI represented Africa to the Olympic games of Atlanta 1996.
Thank you for this information
.

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