Category Archives: Sports

17-year old Lebanese Abdel-Ghani Ramadan Joins Manchester City’s Youth Program

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Abdel-Ghani will be the first Lebanese player to represent a Premier League club. Back in December 2013, Manchester City signed a highly talented Swedish player of Lebanese origins called Zackarias Faour.

This is great news for Lebanese Football!

Manchester City have signed Abdel-Ghani Ramadan to their famed youth development program the Academy, making the youngster the first Lebanese player to represent a Premier League club, local newspaper Al-Liwaa reported.

The 17-year-old from the coastal town of Barja immigrated to Belgium at a young age before his football talents saw him sign for Greater Manchester side Ashton United. [DailyStar]

My Top 5 FIFA World Cup Songs

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The official song for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is out and it’s a horrible one. I can’t believe they picked Pitbull for such a song. Looking back at the old world cup songs, whether official or not, the “Carnival de Paris” is by far my favorite one.

You can check it out below:

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The other four World cup songs that I like are:
2- Shakira – Waka Waka
3- La Copa De La Vida – Ricky Martin
4- Los Ramblers – El Rock Del Mundial
5- K’NAAN – Wavin’ Flag

Beirut Marathon Association’s Women Race On May 4 – #RunForward4

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The BMA is organizing on May 4 the second edition of the Women’s race. The run is meant to empower women through running by showing a positive and powerful image of the Lebanese woman, as well as raising funds and awareness for causes.

There are two races you could register for:
- 10Km all women challenge
- 5Km men, women and children support run

You can find more details [Here].

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Lebanese Desert Runner Ali Wehbe Running For Autism

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Ali Wehbi is a Lebanese extreme runner and the first Arab ever to join the very private 4 deserts club. Ali enjoys running in extreme conditions and completing new challenges. He is one of 125 runners to complete the four deserts and the first Arab ever to enter the 7 continents race. He also took on an adventure in the North Pole in the toughest of conditions. He is known as Alain Wehbi in France.

Having said all that, Ali Wehbe’s next adventure will be running Lebanon for 12 days in 12 marathons in order to raise awareness and support the Lebanese Austism Society (LAS). Ali Wehbi will cross around 550km and will make 11 stops. During each phase of the marathon, he will be accompanied by students from 12 different schools.

The race kicks off on April 2nd and ends on April 13 2014.

Lebanon MMA Heavy Weight Champion Mark Tanios Defeats Egyptian Mohamad Abdel Karim At Bahrain’s Desert Force Championship

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Lebanese Champion Mark Tanios claimed his second consecutive win in the MMA Heavy Weight Title after defeating Egyptian Mohamad Abdel Karim at the Desert Force Championship that was held in Bahrain last week. He got unanimous decision over the Egyptian fighter and is now a step closer to the regional MMA Heavy Weight Title.

Congrats to Mark and to the Lebanese Mixed Martial Arts Committee who is preparing our MMA fighters in the best way possible! Prior to the tournament, Mark was sent to a 40-day camp At Montreal’s Tristar Gym and was supervised by Feras Zahabi, the trainer of the UFC Champion Georges St Pierre.

You can check out more pictures [Here].

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More Than 1000 Cyclists Take Part In The “Ride For Roy” 65K Memorial Ride

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The Ride For Roy is a 65 km ride that starts and finishes at Atlantis, The Palm. It was organized to honor Triathlon Lebanese Champion Roy Nasr‘s memory. Roy was killed by a drunk driver whilst riding his bike near Safa Park back in September 2013.

More than 1000 cyclists joined the ride, noting that all the registration fees will go into the Roy Nasr Memorial Fund.

Here are few testimonies given by athletes on Roy, including Lebanese Maxime Chaaya.

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“This is to celebrate the life of a man who was an inspiration to so many,” said Paul Venn, an organiser with Race ME, which hosts triathlon events. “It is a chance for people to pay their respects to a man who was never happier than when on his bike. The thought of more than 1,000 people on a ride with jerseys with his name would have put an enormous smile on his face.”

“Roy was a natural leader and had a certain aura about him, so whether it was in the sea or in the pool he would give others a boost and help them swim a bit quicker,” Seth Chappels, founder of Dubai Masters Swim Club where Nasr trained, said. “He was a competitive triathlete but always had time for a word for you,” he said. “You could not help but like him.”

“Roy was a motivator and such a warm person,” said Chris Khouri, an IT manager who took to triathlons after a 2009 motorbike accident left him disabled below the chest. “He would call me every couple of months to chat and he didn’t have to. He has left behind a legacy. He touched so many people because of his positivity.”

Beirut On Ice 2014 – Ice Skating at City Mall Dora

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I was passing by City Mall a couple of weeks back and I noticed there’s an ice skating rink on the last floor. The ice rink is pretty big and could fit up to 60-70 people maybe. There are trainers to help out the first timers and trust me you will need one otherwise you will keep falling down. I remember when I first tried ice skating long time ago in the huge ice rink near Dream Park in Zouk Mosbeh, I kept hurting (my ass and back) for a couple of days after.

The entrance is for 25,000 LL but there are special discounts for students and groups. You can check out more information [Here].

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What Happened With Loren Woods In the Riyadi – Champville Basketball Game


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Loren Woods, a former NBA player and currently playing with Riyadi Beirut, got into a fight with two Champville players in the last game that opposed them. The fight was cut out from the full game video uploaded by LBCI but put back on Ghayyath’s show “Inside Game”. To begin with, I am glad LBCI kept the fight online for all us to see and I think they should do the same to any incident that takes place in Basketball games to let the viewers decide for themselves.

As for Loren Woods’ reaction after the game ended, such things happen even in the NBA and I do believe he should be fined or stopped for a game but only if the player who committed the flagrant foul against him is stopped as well because that foul was really nasty and could have injured the other player. If the game was still running, they should have simply ejected both players and continued the game.

On a last note, what I saw in the video is Woods pushing a couple of players and not really a fight, so I don’t think we should make a big deal out of it.