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!
Over 37,000 participated in the 2014 edition of the Beirut Marathon and the atmosphere was amazing just like every year. I took part in the 10k fun run and finished the race in 1 hour and 18 minutes which is a decent time but not what I am aiming for. My brother finished the race in 57 minutes and I am hoping to beat him next year.
Here are some of the pictures I took and few selected ones from the Beirut Marathon Facebook Page.
At the gathering spot for the 10k fun run
Blue Balloons and Clear Blue Skies
Lush offering free hugs
A smart way to keep children away from your stand
Mercedes having a great weekend in Beirut and in Brazil (F1)
An event for all the Lebanese
HMA Tom Fletcher Running for Roads for Life
My brother and I at the finish line
Haile Gebrselassie arrived to Beirut yesterday and performed a training run earlier today with this year’s peace runners, but I don’t think he will be running the Beirut Marathon tomorrow though. Gebrselassie is a true legend in the long-distance tracks and has won numerous Marathon races. Here’s what he said to LBCI about the marathon and running for peace.
See you all tomorrow at the Beirut Marathon!
We are not talking about any football player here but one of the greatest footballers of all time. It’s Lionel not Leonel MTV!
I’ve already posted on several occasions about Felipe. He was quite impressive in GP2 earlier this year, drove for Williams at the Bahrain F1 GP and has been confirmed as one of Sauber’s drivers for the year 2015.
This is a great achievement for Felipe, now he has to impress in F1 and hopefully move to one of the top teams one day.
Sauber have announced that Brazil’s Felipe Nasr will drive for them in 2015, joining fellow new recruit Marcus Ericsson.
The signings mean that current drivers Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierez will leave Sauber at the end of the season.
Nasr, 22, has been a test and reserve driver for Williams this year while also participating in the GP2 series.
“This is an unforgettable moment that I owe to all of those who have supported me,” said Nasr.