Category Archives: Sports

Could Melanie Freiha Have Been Saved? Why Aren’t There Medical Centers And Clinics Near Ski Resorts In Lebanon?

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ski Picture via Ralph Saade

Melanie Freiha is an 18-year old student who died in a ski accident last weekend in Kfardebian. I couldn’t figure out the exact circumstances of her tragic death but I know that it took some time to transfer her to the nearest hospital in Ajaltoun where she died during surgery. The same happened with Yves Nawfal as the roads were all covered with snow and the Red Cross needed some time to get to Saint Georges in Ajaltoun which is 30 minutes away if not more. Moreover, the Kfardebian – Faraya road is usually blocked due to traffic during weekends, specially in daytime, and we’ve all seen what happened the last time a poor guy tried to clear the way for an ambulance.

Having said all that, I think it’s about time the authorities or the concerned parties invest in building a proper emergency clinic next to ski resorts and in the Kfardebian area. I know for a fact that the Red Cross has a branch in Kfardebian but I don’t think they are equipped to receive and treat emergencies. We need a medical center that has a well trained ER team, as well as emergency physicians, trauma surgeons and nurses capable of evaluating injuries and treating minor ones, and assessing the severity of one’s injury and the need to transfer him to another clinic or hospital. If Melanie was given the necessary treatment in the first 60 minutes of the accident, also known as the golden hour, she could have had a better chance of surviving maybe.

Speaking of hospitals, it’s quite weird that we don’t have any good hospital in the whole Keserwan district which is one of Lebanon’s biggest districts. I’ve been to Saydit Lebnen, Saint Louis and Saint Georges and they are all average, if not below average, hospitals when compared to the ones in Beirut. Maybe it’s time that Lebanon’s Health Ministry tackles this serious problem and sets proper standards for hospitals.

Sincere condolences to Melanie’s family.


Is This The Worst Referee Call In Lebanon’s Basketball History?

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Sagesse was playing against Champville on Thursday and the score was 104-104 with 6 seconds left. Hekmeh player Terrell Stoglin took the ball and was dribbling towards the Champville basket when he was clearly fouled by a Champville player, but the referee somehow didn’t see the flagrant and obvious foul and gave the ball back to Champville with 3 seconds left. As a result, the game went to overtime and Champville ended up winning 138-130 after two overtimes.

Sagesse coach Fouad Abou Chakra was furious after this call and posted on Facebook that referee Adel Khoueiry is probably the only referee in the world that could deny such a foul, and he is somehow right because that’s the worst call and the worst-timed call I’ve seen in years.

Regardless whether Hekmeh won or lost the game, they have every right to file a complaint and the federation should investigate the bad call and keep this referee away from close and decisive games.


How Much Does A Ski Trip Cost In Lebanon?

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I was preparing a post on the cost of a ski trip in Lebanon but LBCI’s Lea Fayad beat me to it so I will make use of her report as a reference to my post as it has the Laklouk pricing which I didn’t know. As you can see below, the highest ski ticket during the weekend is at Mzaar (around 47$), followed by the Cedars (40$) and Zaarour (40$) then Laklouk (23$).


As far as ski rental equipment is concerned, it’s around $30-40 including skis, boots, ski goggles and gloves. If you include food and gas expenses as well, a ski trip during week days costs around 75$ and at least 90$ during the weekend. These prices don’t include the fees of a ski instructor which is based on the LBCI report around 30$ an hour but I think you can easily find cheaper prices than that specially when you are a group. There’s also a Facebook group called Skiing Society that gives up to 30% discounts on ski tickets, rental equipment and other stuff.

ticket prices

Forget Cristiano Ronaldo, We Have A Ballon D’or Winner From Lebanon

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Eurosport shared a video of the Top 5 ‘forgotten’ Ballon d’Or winners and among them was the legendary Lebanese Football player Georges Weah. Of course we all remember Weah’s amazing goals when he played with Nejmeh and his controversial move to Safa club before he was signed by AC Milan in 1995.

On a serious note, Georges Weah is originally from Liberia not Lebanon for those of you who don’t know him, and is one of the greatest players of all time. As for this year’s ballon d’or, it belonged to Manuel Neuer in my opinion.

We Want A Clean Hekmeh – Riyadi Game Tonight!

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Hekmeh (Sagesse) and Riyadi (Sporting) are meeting tonight at 5pm in what promises to be the hottest and closest Lebanese basketball game of the year. Unfortunately, the question that always asks itself in this fierce derby is whether the game will end with a fight or not? Let’s hope tonight’s game will be a clean one with a clear winner and respectful fans and players.

Good luck to both teams!

Lebanese Daniel Khorassandjian Among The 3 Best Referees At The 2014 WTF Cup Taekwondo Championship in Queretaro, Mexico

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referees Daniel Khorassandjian (first from left)

Lebanon’s Daniel Khorassandjian was among the three winning referees at the 2014 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships that were held in Queretaro, Mexico last month. Daniel was also named among the best referees back in 2012.

Update: I was just talked to Daniel and he told me that this is his 9th best referee award in 4 years, which is quite impressive! Here’s the list of events where he was named best referee:
2 times WTF 2012 2014
2 Times Asian Tkd Union 2012
1 Las Vegas Taekwondo Hall Of Fame 2013
1 Russian Open 2013
1 Kazakhstan Open 2014
1 Asian Clubs Championp 2014
1 west Asian Chmpionship 2010


Lebanon Featured On The North Face’s Instagram Account

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The North Face featured on its Instagram account this stunning picture of Tannourine that was taken by team climber @bookofsamuel. The picture shows Will Nazarian, an Armenian/American climber, who’s been climbing all over Lebanon and has some amazing videos on the Rock climbing Association for Development page [].


Check this video below taken in Tannourine


Thanks Sarhad!

President of Lebanese Olympic Committee Antoine Chartier Dies After Being Hit By A Car

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Antoine Chartier was a great role model for all sportsmen in Lebanon. He was once a great athlete and part of the Lebanese volleyball national team, he’s been elected president of the Lebanese Olympic Committee once, president of the Lebanese Basketball Federation as well and has been a sports instructor all his life. Chartier died after being hit by a car in Ain Saade.

Here’s a brief overview of his life that I found online:

Antoine Chartier, was born in 1937 in Gemmayzeh, and went to the Sacré Coeur school there. He had 3 sisters and his father was an army officer. His mother’s family name was Hobeich. The president used to teach Maths, and has used his way of thinking in Maths in sport also.
Moreover, he was present at the peak of Volleyball in Lebanon, playing and coaching the national team, and grabbing 11 titles between 1953 and 1969.
There was only little Mr.Chartier did not do. Indeed, he was always present to help volleyball in Lebanon, he was the director of UGSEL, he opened a sports club next to Mont La Salle, he helped sport in Lebanon during the country’s worst times and brought the broadcasting of sport games through Tele Liban. Also, basketball in Lebanon was able to shine on the international scene when he was the federation’s president from 1966 until 1999.
More than 30 years ago, he created the Mont La Salle sports club, and has since kept it one of the best in Lebanon. It was only a year ago when he stepped down and gave the presidency to Jihad Salameh.
From 2010 till 2012, Antoine Chartier was the president of the Lebanese Olympic committee. He was always the person the ministry of youth and sports used to take advice from in times of need, and he helped his old volleyball teammates create a volleyball federation.


AC Milan Captain Franco Baresi In Beirut For The “Sports For Peace” Project

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baresi_beirut via @ACMIlan

Italian former captain Franco Baresi visited Beirut recently to kick off the “Sports For Peace” Project. I didn’t hear about it anywhere in the news here but I found this article in Italian that says that the initiative kicked off in March and that it reached almost 1450 Lebanese and Syrian aged between 6 and 17.

Franco Baresi was Italy’s captain in 1994 and is one of my old time favorite football defenders.

È stato inaugurato oggi a Beirut il Centro sportivo di Btekhnay restaurato dall’Alto Commissariato Onu per i Rifugiati alla presenza di Franco Baresi e di Rocco Giorgianni, segretario generale di Fondazione Milan. È stato raggiunto così un obiettivo fondamentale di Sports for Peace, il progetto avviato da Fondazione Milan nel marzo scorso e che ha coinvolto finora circa 1450 ragazzi e ragazze siriane e libanesi compresa tra i 6 e i 17 anni .


Thanks Roy!