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SENEGAL – Bineta Diedhiou, the queen of taekwondo, who reigns at the Olympic Games

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Bineta Diedhiou, born on 8 January 1986 in Dakar, is a young Senegalese taekwondo athlete. Bineta Diedhiou is also the one who has proved herself worthily in this discipline by raising the emblematic flag of her country, Senegal wherever she has been. Four-time African champion, four-time Francophone world champion, first world taekwondoist medallist, she participated twice in the Olympics in 1/4 final. The lioness of the teranga was several times voted best fighter, often golden lion in his disciple, once national golden lion. Welcome to the world of Bineta Diedhiou, an ambassador on all fronts. 

Taekwondo from mother to daughter 
Athlete Bineta Diedhiou was born into a sportive family. All his brothers and sisters are black belts. She thus evolved into a family of athletes who facilitated her love for this sport. She spent her childhood at Camp Abdou Diassé in Colobane, home to the Club BUSAN, where she took her first steps in the discipline. Under the watchful eye of his father, Binta Diedhiou quickly adopted and loved this discipline. What interests me most about taekwondo is its ability to force the person on the mental, behavioural and disciplinary,‘ she said.

Bineta Diedhiou

Her father: a reference for her
Bineta is incubated very early by his father 7th Dan WTF, who takes him under his wing to make of her a champion emeritus. He becomes his reference in discipline outside his mother.  When asked about the battles that marked his career, Binta Diedhiou chose his first world medal and his first qualification at the Olympic Games “The battles that marked me, there are many. I can quote my first world medal and my first qualification at the Olympic Games, it was unprecedented for Senegal and an honour for the Senegalese woman.” ,” she admitted. “ She had her worst time in this discipline during the last World Championships in Manchester in 2019.  



Gold medal at the African Taekwondo Championships 
The gold medallist at the 2012 African taekwondo championships in Antananarivo, Binta Diedhiou, has demonstrated her achievements not only nationally but also internationally. In 2009, the Senegalese won the gold medal at the African Taekwondo Championships in Yaoundé. But it doesn’t stop there: she also won the bronze medal at the 2010 African Taekwondo Championships in Tripoli and the silver medal at the 2011 African Games in Maputo, in the under 57 kg category.
However, she was beaten in the first round of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London in the same category by Finland’s Suvi Mikkonen and gold medallist at the 2012 African taekwondo championships in Antananarivo, still in that category. She won gold at the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville in less than 57 kg. She won bronze in less than 57 kg at the 2018 African taekwondo Championships in Agadir.

Its relationship with the Senegalese public
Binta Diedhiou has very good relations with all the other Senegalese and foreign athletes. Binta Diedhiou has not forgotten the Senegalese public in whom she sees a source of motivation. “The Senegalese audience is great and an additional source of motivation for me. Don’t forget that Senegal is the country of Teranga,” the athlete said. “State support exists but it is very inadequate in relation to high-level sport” 



His message to the younger generation
Finally, she sent a strong message to young people in general and girls in particular: “Young people need to understand that anything is possible but nothing is free. You have to have self-confidence first by working hard, be patient and respectful towards others, and above all be abstinent and persevering, and all guided by a good lifestyle.”

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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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