Lebanon will present 5 athletes at the Tokyo Olympics which will be held from Friday July 23, 2021 to Sunday August 8, 2021. Initially planned for 2020, postponed for 2021 due to the COVID19 coronavirus,
They will be Ray Bassil for rifle shooting, Marie Khoury and Munzer Kabbara in swimming, Elias Nassif for judo, Nour Hadid in athletics and Mahassen Fattouh for dumbbells will therefore soon fly to the Japanese capital and will try, despite the current circumstances induced by the coronavirus to make us dream and thus escape the daily turpitudes.
Already in 2016, Ray Bassil was the best Lebanese chance to win an Olympic medal at the Rio Games. Now 32 years old, the Lebanese champion will be present for her 3rd participation in these games. She qualified for the Tokoy Games by winning the gold medal at the Asian Championships held in Qatar in 2019.
In weightlifting in the 76 kilo category, Mahassen Fattouh has already represented Lebanon on several occasions, notably during the world championship which took place in 2014 in Kazakhstan. She finished in 8th place at the 2020 Asian Championships, qualifying for the Olympics.
Born in 2001, Marie Khoury will be at her first Olympiad. In 2019 already, she was part of the Lebanese team and was aligned with the 50 and 100 meters freestyle and 50 meters backstroke in the 25-meter pools at the World Championship. In 2021, she will be awarded a medal in the 50-meter freestyle distance at the Mare Nostrum – Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona competition in Spain and at the ATUS Ströck meeting in Austria.
Another swimmer, Munzer Kabbara, originally from Tripoli in northern Lebanon, now resides in the United States and educated at Cy Woods High School. He is present at the invitation of FINA. He has been present on world circuits since 2018. He has been part of the Lebanese swimming team since he was 14 years old.
The swimmer is the Lebanese record holder for mixed swimming over a distance of 400 meters which he completed in 4 minutes 21 seconds and 59 hundredths.
Lebanon aligns its most experienced judoka Elias Nassif present on the tatami mats for his country since 2013. The latter already has a silver medal at the 2009 Francophone Games, and a gold medal at the 2013 Francophone Games, on his record. Second at the 2014 Asian Games, he also placed first at the 2013 Pan American Games. The Lebanese champion finally won two World Cups, also finishing twice second in the competition before coming to the world champion in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2016. This is his 2nd participation in the Olympic Games.
A career soldier, he holds the Lebanese records for the distances of 60 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters indoors and in the open air. Noureddine Hadid has already won a medal at the Arab athletics games held last June in Tunisia.