Egypt’s modern pentathletes Haidy Adel and Sherif Nazir won firsts and gold medals in competition at the African Championships Saturday. The competition took place at the Platinum Club in Fifth Settlement, New Cairo. The African Championships is a qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics Games.
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Adel told Ahram Online, “It is a good start for my new season 2019. I am dying of joy. I can’t believe that I am qualified. I did it!”
“My family were big supporters for me, especially my mum. She is my technical director. I couldn’t do it without her love, care and support,” added Adel.
Adel’s mother, Samia Gad, smiled, saying: “I can’t stop my tears from falling. The competition was so tough. My daughter deserved to win today. She worked very hard.”
President of the Egyptian Modern Pentathlon Federation (EMPF) Sherif El-Arian said: “We are competing against ourselves. All African countries are afraid to compete against us. Beating our team will be a difficult mission. We have a very strong team.”
The EMPF has certain criteria in choosing pentathletes to represent Egypt in the coming Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will announce 1 June the world rankings for all sports, which will decide who among world athletes qualifies for Tokyo Olympic.
Our eyes are in Tokyo. Our main focus was on World Cup, the UIPM (International Modern Pentathlon Union) World Cup finals, and pentathlon world rankings. We want to qualify through them.
The EMPF will decide pentathletes who will participate in the Olympics, not before 30 May 2019. It is not necessary the modern pentathletes who win today will participate in the Tokyo Olympics.