Even if a few days before the Olympics, some athletes threatened to boycott the competition, advancing wage arrears, the Moroccans did not expect these kinds of results. According to the daily Al Massae, the Moroccan delegation has not yet managed to win any medal. And as if that weren’t enough, Moroccan athletes are often eliminated at the very beginning and show very low levels compared to their opponents. Problems of resources, performance or just a twist of fate?
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On Facebook, Abdessalam Ameknassi, former Moroccan karate world champion, described his bitterness denouncing the laxity and lack of will of some sports officials. He explained that he waited several years to recover his victory bonus in 2018 at the world championships in the discipline. The karateka explained that running behind 6,000 dirhams caused him to be marginalized. This is also the reason that pushed him to change discipline and not to be present at the Olympics this year, even if it was a dream for him.
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Same story on the side of Anouar Boukharsa, the taekwondo specialist known for having thrown his medal into the sea when he crossed the Mediterranean irregularly. He is not surprised by the results of Moroccan athletes. According to him, the federation is full of incompetent people and no one calls them to account.
Fatima Zahra Abou Firas, the world champion of taekwondo added her layer of bitterness and desolation concerning the management of certain federations. The former cyclist, Said Ablouach drives the point home by explaining that the sole representative of the discipline at the Tokyo Olympics managed on his own without having received technical or financial assistance from the federation.