Saturday, October 03, 2009

Proud on a national sport - just called - SAVATE

Seconds out at Francophone Games


The boxing competition at the VI Francophone Games (Jeux de la Francophonie) in Lebanon got under way at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in Beirut today.

Under the auspices of AIBA the competition features 106 boxers across all 11 men's weight categories.

Nations or governments represented in the boxing competition are: Armenia, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Canada New Brunswick, Canada Quebec, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, France, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Chad, Togo, Tunisia and Vietnam.

The Francophone Games will feature around 3,000 athletes and participants from 42 countries. The other sports are athletics, basketball, soccer, judo, table tennis and beach volleyball. The largest delegation will be from Canada, with 300 participants, followed by France with 200 and Lebanon with 150. The Games, held every four years, were first held in Morocco in 1989 and were last held in 2005 in Niger.

The reigning Francophone Games boxing champions are: Nordine Oubaali (FRA, 48kg); Isaaka Aboubacar (NIG, 51kg); Hamid Ait Bighrad (MAR, 54kg); Yassin Yasngaber (EGY, 57kg); Saber Guesmi (TUN, 60kg); Alexis Vastine (FRA, 64kg); Naba Zaky (EGY, 69kg); Abdel Mohamed (EGY, 75kg); Abdel Ramadan (EGY, 81kg); John M'Bumba (FRA, 91kg); Mohamed Kabeeh (TUN, +91kg).

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