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!
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
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 [R-A-D.org].
Check this video below taken in Tannourine
The Hoops player who got elbowed is called Milo Abou Jaoude. I don’t know if Milo was trash-talking him or anything but what Karl did was deliberate, unsportsmanlike and disgraceful. He deserves to get banned for 1 or 2 games at least.
Check out the video [Here].
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.
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 .
Picture via Arabasket
Hekmeh won today the second Abu Dhabi basketball tournament after defeating Sala 86-69. This is the second tournament they win in few months.
Congrats to the Sagesse fans!
Isn’t it a bit too early for Christmas?
Corruption, match-fixing, unprofessionalism and now exploiting and tricking young players. We have lots of talented footballers in Lebanon but the federation is not doing anything to promote this sport properly.
Karen Shammas was competing in the Sambo competition and won a silver medal after beating Korea and Syria in the quarter and semi finals respectively. As for Nacif Elias, he won a bronze medal in Jiu Jitsu after winning 3 games out of 4. [Sports-961]
Nacif has won a silver medal for Lebanon as well at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon back in September.
Congrats to both athletes!