Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lebanese Athletes competing today at the London Olympics

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Picture taken from LorientLeJour

– Caren Chammas (Judo): Did not compete yet. Elimination Round of 32 scheduled for July 31 at 11:58am Lebanon time.

– Zain Shaito (Fencing): Did not compete yet. Men’s Individual Foil Elimination Round of 64 scheduled for July 31 at 1:00pm Lebanon time.

Best of luck to both young athletes!

Click [Here] for information about all the Lebanese Athletes.

Edward Maalouf

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Did you know that Lebanon won 2 Bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Beijing? Did you know that both medals were won by the same person (Edward Maalouf) ? Did you know that he received very little support from Lebanese Authorities (Plane ticket + Tracksuit) ? Did you know that he did not receive official recognition other than congratulations from the Lebanese ambassador to China? Did you know that he will compete in this year’s Paralymics as well? Did you know that he is sponsored by the British Embassy in Beirut only? I’ll leave you to be the judge.

via STOP Cultural Terrorism in Lebanon

Two killed in Illegal Marina Dbayeh Drag Race

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One of the cars the driver crashed into after he lost control of his vehicle

Every Saturday night, a group of Lebanese drivers gather around with their “Powered by Abou Koko” pimped cars at the start of the Marina Dbayyeh road (the long straight that gets you to Chopsticks, Schtrumf, Fuddruckers and newly open LVD (Latest Version Diner), block the road with their cars and start racing.

It’s been happening for over 3 years now and no one’s doing anything to stop it, not even the ISF whose headquarters are at the end of the road ironically. Two days ago, one of the drivers lost control of his vehicle and hit several cars and few spectators standing on the side, killing one and injuring many. He was also killed as a result of the accident. [Link]

It’s not enough that we have to deal with crazy drivers on the highway, now we have to worry as well about drag racers. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against drag racing or drifting but unless there’s a place dedicated to such types of races, just like in the KSA and some Gulf countries, Lebanese drivers racing on crowded roads and highways should be put in jail for 3 months at least or have their driving license confiscated for the same period.

Since both suggestions are not possible in Lebanon, a quick and practical, yet silly, solution would be to add bumps every 200 meters on that road. That ought to stop them from racing there.

Maybe RedBull should consider organizing a drag race in Lebanon and the region along with its annual car park drift.


Hookah smoke causes evacuation of the Egyptian Olympic Football Team

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According to this article, a member of the Egyptian Olympic delegation was smoking a Hookah in his hotel room which triggered the fire alarm and caused the evacuation of the whole hotel in the Olympic city. As a result, the local authorities sent a warning to the Egyptian delegation.

I am not sure which is funnier, the hookah story or the fact that Egypt gave its Olympics Athletes Chinese Knockoffs.

Speaking of Hookah, check out the first version of the Hookah Olympics soon to be introduced in the Middle East. Lebanon would definitely win a gold medal or two in those Olympics.