It’s been a dry season for boxers in Egypt for several years now. Not since 2004 at the Athens Olympics have Egypt secured a boxing medal.
The last time they had claimed a boxing medal was at the 1960 Games in Rome. Now, Egyptian boxers are working to change that inspite of the pandemic.
Egyptian boxer, Abdelrahman Orabi says regardless of the presence of crowds due to the global pandemic, it differs from one player to another. Their aim is to win the medal and with God’s will we’ll come back with one and make the Egyptian people happy during these hard times,.
At the 1960 Games in Rome, Abdel Moneim El-Guindi won Egypt’s first boxing medal. He picked up bronze in the men’s flyweight. Yousry Rezk is training hard to follow in his footsteps.
The hiatus lasted about a year or a year and-a-half for sure affected the level of all players, especially in individual sports and especially in boxing because the sport requires close contact and many matches to level up.
Rezk will take part in the super heavyweight class while 33-year-old Orabi is competing in the light heavyweight division.