Athletic

Younousse and Tijan begin their Tokyo Olympics campaign on high note

Tokyo-Qatar’s Beach Volleyball duo of Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan began their Tokyo 2020 Olympics campaign on high note on Sunday.

Younousse and Tijan continued the solid performances they have shown on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour since the start of the 2021 season with a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson of Switzerland at the Shiokaze Park.

In their next match, Younousse and Tijan will take on Italy’s Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi who suffered a 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) defeat at the hands of USA’s Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne on Sunday.

For her part, Team Qatar rower Tala Abujubara claimed the first place in E/F 1 Semifinal race on Sunday to qualify to final F of Women’s Single Scull rowing event to be held on Thursday.

Tala clocked a time of 8:24:24 minutes to lead the standings ahead of Uganda’s Kathleen Noble, Nigeria’s Esther Toko and Sudan’s Esraa Khogali.

Qatar’s Judo player, Ayoub Elidrissi suffered a defeat at the hands of Belorussia’s Dzmitry Minkou in the Men’s 66 KG event.

Al Elidrissi participation in the Olympics is really a positive turning point in his career which will help him improve his international experience.

On the other hand, Team Qatar sprinter Bashayer Al-Manwari said “I’m really determined to break my personal record. I’m very proud to be part of these Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as I have been dreaming to participate in Olympics since long years ago, now my dream turned into reality and I’m the only Qatari female athlete to participate in the athletics competitions.”

“Yes, it is a beautiful and challenging task but I’m ready to take the responsibility and raise the scale of challenge against top competitors. I have been fond of triple jump since my early years as a young girl, I did run of fantastic achievements in the triple jump over the past years, but in these games, I represent my country in 100m event. So, shifting from sport discipline to another had no any negative effect on me, right now I’m looking to fight tooth and nail to break my personal record.” She added.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee