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Rio 2016 Olympics: Lebanese athletes refuse to travel with Israel team

Lebanese athletes refused to share a bus with the Israel team to get to Friday’s Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony, members of both teams said.

Lebanon and Israel are officially at war and have no diplomatic relations.

The incident happened as the Lebanon team sat on the bus waiting to head to the Maracana stadium, before demanding the Israeli athletes must not board.

Israel’s athletes insisted on doing so, but the two teams were eventually taken to the ceremony in different buses.

Head of the Lebanese team Salim al-Haj Nicolas told AFP news agency he demanded that the door be closed on the Israeli team, but they “insisted on getting on”.

Udi Gal, a member of Israel’s Olympic sailing team, said on Facebook his compatriots “insisted on boarding the bus” adding that “if the Lebanese refused to stay with us, they were welcome to take another bus”.

Gal said the decision to travel separately was eventually taken to avoid an “international and physical incident”.

(Actually, the Israeli desisted because the Lebanese team was better than the Israeli team in judo and kick boxing)

Fabienne Atallah Kanaan shared this link and commented

Des sportifs Libanais entre Peur et Bêtise…deux sentiments peu glorieux qui en disent long sur l’état de notre Pays…C’est ni avec l’un ni avec l’autre qu’on remporte des médailles en tout cas!

Rio 2016 : les Libanais refusent aux Israéliens l’accès à leur bus Le judoka libano-brésilien Nassif Élias, portant le drapeau national, à la tête de la délégation du Liban, lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture des JO de Rio 2016, le 5 août 2016.
Photo REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Polémique “Les organisateur…

“Les organisateurs ont voulu éviter un incident international qui aurait pu dégénérer en affrontement physique, c’est pour cela qu’ils nous ont fait monter à bord d’un autre véhicule”, raconte un entraîneur israélien au Times of Israel.

La délégation olympique libanaise qui s’est rendue aux JO de Rio 2016 (5-21 août) a refusé que la délégation israélienne monte dans le même bus qu’elle empruntait pour se déplacer vers le stade Maracana, selon le site al-Mayadeen. Une information rapportée également par plusieurs médias israéliens.

“La délégation libanaise a interdit à la délégation israélienne de monter à bord du bus dans lequel elle se trouvait (…), obligeant cette dernière à attendre l’arrivée d’un autre bus”, raconte al-Mayadeen.

Le site Times of Israel, citant un entraîneur israélien présent sur les lieux, raconte que certains athlètes libanais ont bloqué avec leurs corps la porte du bus, afin de barrer l’entrée aux sportifs israéliens.

“J’ai insisté pour que la délégation israélienne puisse monter à bord du bus, en disant que si la délégation libanaise ne souhaite pas se trouver dans le même véhicule en compagnie de la délégation israélienne, elle pouvait descendre du bus en question”, a dit Udi Gal au Times of Israel. “Le chauffeur a ouvert la porte, mais à ce moment là, le chef de la délégation libanaise a bloqué la porte avec son corps”, ajoute l’entraîneur israélien.

Times of Israel affirme que le Comité olympique ne s’est jusqu’à présent pas exprimé sur l’incident en question. Le Jerusalem Post a qualifié cet épisode de “jeu politique”.

Des médias libanais rapportent pour leur part que l’incident a été qualifié par la presse israélienne d'”extrêmement dangereux”.

12 Lebanese athletes to be Lebanese proud of

It these hard time and total government neglect for all citizens, particularly our athletes, a few of ours are going all the way to international events, solo.

While Lebanon may not be known as global leader in athletics – a rather difficult task for a small country – it does boast a few sport stars that can make every Lebanese feel proud.


While Lebanon may not be known as global leader in athletics – a rather difficult task for a small country – it does boast a few sport stars that can make every Lebanese feel proud.

Here are 12:


1. Abbas Hassan

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Hassan currently plays as a goalkeeper for the Swedish football club IF Elfsborg. He formerly played for Arvidstorps IK, Aalborg BK, and IFK Norrköping. In 2012, he also joined the national Lebanese team in its victory against Iran, for which he received high praise.


2. Ray Bassil

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Bassil has definitely proven her shooting skills over and over. She won bronze at ISSF World Shooting tournament in Cyprus in 2007, placed fourth in 2009’s Mediterranean Games in Italy, received another fourth place in 2009’s ISSF World Shooting tournament in Slovenia, and won silver at the 2011 Arab Shooting Championship in Morocco. She also went to the 2012 Olympic Games in London to represent Lebanon.


3. Silvio Chiha

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We all fell in love with Chiha – and more in love with Lebanon – earlier this summer when his epic wakeboarding video went viral. But his viral video is only the cherry on the top of his three gold medals at the Asian Games. In addition to water sports, Chiha also enjoys alpine skiing, judo and mixed martial arts.


4. Caren Chammas

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In 2010, Chammas competed in judo at the Youth Games in Singapore, placing 7th worldwide. She went on to win silver and bronze medals in 2011 in the Pan Arab Games and represented Lebanon in 2012 at the London Olympic Games. Although she didn’t win a medal, she was the first Lebanese female judoka ever to compete in the Olympics.


5. Maxime Chaya

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Chaya not only boasts Lebanese records but also a world record. He was the first Lebanese to climb Mount Everest and also the first Lebanese to climb the tallest peaks on all seven continents. In 2013, Chaya also managed to break the world record for rowing the Indian Ocean along with two partners. He enjoys a wide range of sports to stay in shape, such as trail-running, mountain biking and rock climbing.


6. Maya Nassar

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Nassar is a certified sports nutritionist and personal trainer. She is also an international fitness model, having won several international trophies. In 2015 she took home both silver and bronze at the Pure Elite UK Championships as well as the People’s Choice Award. The previous year she took home gold in the Bikini category. She currently also serves as a brand representative for international sports retailer Decathlon.


7. Fadi El Khatib

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Khatib has played for several local Lebanese teams and previously spent time playing for a Chinese team. He also represented Lebanon on the national team in 2002, 2006 and 2010 in the FIBA World Championship. Currently he plays for Al Riyadi in the Lebanese Basketball League.


8. Jackie Chamoun

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In the Lebanese National Championship, Chamoun has won gold, silver and bronze for skiing in the slalom and giant slalom events. She has competed at international tournaments all around the world ever since she was a teenager and went on to represent Lebanon at the Winter Olympic Games in 2010 and 2014.


9. Youssef Mohamad

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Mohamad played professional football with Germany’s FC Köln, where he served as the club’s captain from 2010 to 2011. In 2011 it was announced that he would transfer to the UAE’s Al Ahli Club. He has also played with the Lebanese national team in various international tournaments.


10. Andrea Paoli

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She may look innocent but you definitely don’t want to pick a fight with Paoli. In 2010, she took home the bronze medal in Taekwondo at the Asian Games. A year later she was ranked eighth in the entire world. Paoli also represented Lebanon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.


11. Roger Feghali

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Feghali holds the record for rally car wins in Lebanon, claiming the title of Lebanese champion 10 times. He has competed throughout Lebanon and Jordan in various rally events, regularly ranking either first or second.


12. Sam Elias

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Elias is a North Face-sponsored athlete who enjoys rock climbing as well as other outdoor sports. Although he was born and raised in the United States, he recently came back to Lebanon to reconnect with his Lebanese family while filming a documentary with VICE about rock climbing within the country.


Are there any other Lebanese athletes you think should be added to the list? Write their names and achievements in the comments below.

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From water sports to Olympic skiers – Lebanon has lots to be proud of in the sporting arena.

Lebanon may not be well known for its sports stars, but here are a few that make us all proud!|By Jason Lemon




January 2023

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