Category Archives: Sports

Myriam Neaimeh The First Lebanese To Score In The FA Women’s Premier League!

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Myriam joined Newcastle United a couple of years ago and has scored in their last game against Guiseley AFC Vixens. I don’t think we ever had any Lebanese playing in the FA Women’s Premier League so congrats to Myriam! I tried looking for a video but couldn’t find any.

Myriam plays in the FA WPL league, which comes right after the FA WSL which is the highest league.

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DiminBeirut: Premier League Clubs as Lebanese Religious Sects

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Here’s a funny post on how Premier League Clubs can be seen as Lebanese Religious Sects. Manchester United are compared to Sunnis, Liverpool to Christian Maronites, Arsenal to Druzes, Christian Orthodox to Everton, Shiites to Chelsea etc ..

Check out the full article [Here].

Sunnis- Manchester United
Always present with big, huge numbers of followers. But only really dominated the local scene since the early 90s. Blamed by many for having corrupted the local arena, credited by others for having revolutionized the modern game. Have had the most wealth for the last 2 decades, but events since 2005 have weakened the purse strings. Currently rumored to be in debt. Current owner considered to be risking his life if he ever comes back to Old Trafford. Have looked nervously at their noisy neighbors for a few years now who have recently surpassed them. February is seen as a very dark month in their history, due to a tragedy which is remembered annually.

Druzes- Arsenal
While having a rich history themselves, never reached the heights or numbers of Sunnis or Christians- certainly not abroad. Despite this, they’ve always been relevant and decisive on the local scene. Led by a cult like figure whose capacity to keep his club relevant despite their lack of numbers is admired by many. Haven’t had real success for a while.

Thanks Hagop

Lebanese Boxing Champion Alaeddine Ramadan Shot Dead In Vancouver

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Alaeddine Ramadan is a 20-year old Lebanese boxing champion in Vancouver who was shot dead as he was leaving the sports club. The authorities are saying the shooting was premeditated and Canada’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case. Some are saying the likely motive was preventing Alaeddine from winning the Vancouver boxing championship, as the Lebanese boxer had won his last five matches.

Here’s a [link] to the original story.

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Bikeathon 2014: Bike For Lebanon At The Beirut WaterFront

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The Bikeathon was launched last year and is a nice initiative to encourage Lebanese to bike for peace and encourage a more eco-friendly form of transportation. It’s happening this year at the Beirut Water Front on October 5th and you can register [Here].

We desperately needs more bikes and bike lanes in Lebanon to cut down the pollution and the traffic.

Judo Athlete Elias Nacif Grabs Silver For Lebanon At The 17th Asian Games In Incheon

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Elias Nacif defeated Erihemubatu (CHI) in the round of 16, Ghasemi Nejad Amir in the quarter finals and Kalkamanuly Aziz in the semi finalsbefore losing to Kim Jaebum in the final. This is a great result for Elias and the first medial for Lebanon!

Let’s hope more medals will come our way. Here’s the list of all 41 athletes representing Lebanon in Incheon as posted on Sports-961 website:

Athletics:
. Ali Hazer, 400 meters Hurdles
. Gretta Taslakian

Boxing:
. Najd Salloum, 75kg

Canoe Kayak:
. Richard Merjan, Obstacle C1 – Slalom

Cycling:
. Salah Rabah, Road Race
. Zahir El Hajj, MTB – Cross Country

Fencing:
. Dominique Tannous, Epee
. Mona Shaito, Foil

Judo:
. Karen Shammas, -70kg
. Damien Ziade, -60kg
. Elias Nacif, -80kg
. Francois Charbel Saade (Juniors), -90kg

Rugby:
. Karim Jammal, Captain
. Frederick Makhlouf
. Fadi Saad
. Walid Yassine
. Hassan Karaki
. George Aroyan
. Robin Hachache
. Ibrahim Ballout
. Rudy Hachache
. Jad Al Hachem
. Joseph Touma
. Raymond Asfour

Shooting:
. Ray Bassil, Trap – Double Trap
. Joe Salim, Trap – Team
. Alain Moussa, Trap – Team
. Walid Najjar, Trap – Team
. Elie Akiki, Double Trap – Team
. Wissam Khalil, Double Trap – Team
. Elias Kaadi, Double Trap – Team

Swimming:
. Gabriella Doueihi, 50m freestyle – 100m freestyle – 50m Butterfly – 100m Butterfly
. Anthony Barbar, 200m freestyle – 400m freestyle – 800m freestyle – 200m IM – 400m IM

Table Tennis:
. Lara Kejebachian, Single – Mixed Double
. Rachid El Boubou, Single – Mixed Double

Taekwondo:
. Elias Hayeck, -63kg
. Fadi Bekhazi, -68kg
. Michel Samaha, -74kg
. Elias Hedary, +87kg

Wushu:
. Avedis Seropiab, All Round Tajiquan
. Patricia Nseir, Changquan
. Elias El Rayess, Sanda -75kg