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JEUX DE LA FRANCOPHONIE – Senegal wins 23 medals, including 10 Gold

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The curtains fell on the Games of the Francophonie Sunday, August 06, 2023 in Kinshasa (DR Congo). After these games, Senegal finished in fourth place with 23 medals: 10 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze.

The Senegalese athletes behaved well in the 9th of the Francophonie. As proof, they were able to achieve a good harvest with 23 medals (10 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 bronze).

These performances earned the Senegalese delegation the 4th place in the ranking of nations. Thus, Senegal has kept in Kinshasa the same ranking as that obtained during the Games of La Francophonie in 2017 in Abidjan.

Morocco took first place on the podium with 57 medals: 22 gold, 16 silver and 19 bronze. Romania is second with 38 medals: 17 gold, 9 gold and medals: 6 gold, 2 silver and 12 bronze.

The last step of the podium is occupied by Cameroon which obtains 38 medals: 11 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze, reports the sports daily «Stadiums».

At these 9th Jeux de la Francophonie, Senegal was represented in all eight disciplines registered in the program: athletics, para-athletics, judo, cycling, basketball (U-25), football (U20), and wrestling.

Senegal won 3 gold and 5 silver medals in athletics. In wrestling, Senegal won 13 medals: 6 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze.

While Libasse Ndiaye saved the day in judo, the U25 Women’s National Basketball Team did wonders in winning gold. With these young basketball players, the succession could well be assured in national team A.

Senegal Medals
Athletics (8)
or (3) Saly Sarr (triple jump, 14m00), Louis François Mendy (110 m hurdles, 13″ 38), Cheikh Ti diane Diouf (400 m, 45″70) Silver (5): 4×100 m (3966). 4×400 m (3’03″66), Mamadou Fall Sarr (100 m, 10″17), Ousmane Si- dibé (400m hurdles, 49″58), Amath Faye (triple jump, 16m61)

Judo (1)
Bronze (1) : Libasse Ndiaye (-100 kg)

Panier (1)
Ou (1) : Lionnes U25

Lutte (13)

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110 METRES HURDLES – Senegalese athlete Louis François Mendy breaks record and qualifies for the Paris Olympics

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There will be a Senegalese athlete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in the 110-metre Hurdles category. At the international meeting in Troyes on Saturday 1st July 2023, the rider Louis-François Mendy set a new Senegalese national record of 110m hurdles with a time of 13 seconds and 18 hundredths. , he had already broken his own national record at the Geneva meeting with a time of 13″36 a month ago.

This performance not only allowed her to exceed the Olympic minima set at 13 seconds and 27 hundredths, but also opened the doors to the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19 to 27, 2023.

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2029 ASIAN GAMES – Saudi Arabia to host 2029 Asian Winter Games

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Saudi Arabia was nominated on Tuesday, May 02, 2023 to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games in Neom, a futuristic megalopolis under construction in the northwest of the desert kingdom, announced the Asian Olympic Council (OCA). «The deserts and mountains of Saudi Arabia will soon be a playground for winter sports», the organisation said in a statement, stating that the decision was taken «unanimously» at its general assembly in Phnom Penh.

Located on the shores of the Red Sea, the Neom project, worth hundreds of billions of dollars and carried by the powerful crown prince Mohamed ben Salmane, has been much talked about since the first announcement made in 2017. Architects and economists have questioned its feasibility.

The Asian Winter Games should take place precisely in Trojena, a mountainous area of Neom ‘where temperatures drop below zero degrees in winter and temperatures throughout the year are generally below 10 degrees» on their website, without mentioning the issue of precipitation. Trojena, which is expected to be completed in 2026, will include year-round ski runs, an artificial freshwater lake, cottages, mansions and luxury hotels, according to the same source.

Mohammed bin Salmane holds the position of Chairman of Neom’s Board of Directors. De facto ruler of the kingdom, he promised with this project to «redefine mountain tourism in the world», while respecting the principles of eco-tourism. The director of Neom, Nadhmi al-Nasr, said that Trojena would be equipped with «adequate infrastructure to create a winter atmosphere in the heart of the desert, and to make these Winter Games an unprecedented global event».

The Asian Winter Games include ski, snowboard, ice hockey and figure skating competitions, with 47 events in total, including 28 on snow and 19 on ice, according to the OCA. «I never thought I would (one day) ski in my country», said Saudi alpine skier Fayik Abdile, quoted in the organisation’s statement on Tuesday.

Sporting events have multiplied in recent years in Saudi Arabia, accused by NGOs of wanting to divert attention from human rights violations in the kingdom. In an interview with AFP, the Saudi Minister of Sports, Prince Abdulaziz ben Turki Al-Faisal, recently said that his country wants to organize an Olympic Games day. An Egyptian official told him last month that Egypt, Greece and Saudi Arabia had begun discussions on a possible joint bid for the 2030 World Cup.

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USAIN BOLT RUINED: The fastest man in the world hit by an impressive financial scam

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All of Jamaica, mainly Usain Bolt, is wondering where his $12 million went. The star of the 100 and 200 metres was robbed of all his money, as were some 40 other victims of the same financial fraud.

Financially, nothing is going well for Usain Bolt. The undisputed King of the World Sprint, who has not spoken to Prince Harry since his marriage, was robbed of some $12 million following a fraud. It has also rubbed shoulders with some 40 other wealthy individuals, including many seniors. Following the scam, police have been investigating Kingston-based investment firm Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL) for two weeks. The latter thus holds, or rather held, funds invested by the sprinter, father of twins. His $12 million account was stripped of most of it. It was a tragedy for the star of the race.
Deeply loved and admired by his Jamaican country, many wanted to support Usain Bolt, who no longer wants to have children. Notably the artist Gage, who went so far as to write him a song symbolically entitled SSL. In particular, it highlights the injustices between the different social classes faced by the inhabitants of poor neighbourhoods in Jamaica.

Source: Closer

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