Lebanese Fencing: Elias Semaan Honored


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Elias Semaan Lebanon Fencing

The Lebanese fencing federation, has officially honored Lebanese wheel chair fencer Elias Semaan, in a ceremony organized at the federation headquarters in Dekwane, with the presence of the federation’s president and members.

30 year old Semaan, is the Lebanese wheel chair fencing champion, precisely with the foil and sabre weapons, and is among the top 20 fencers in the world according to official world rankings.

Elias, has left Lebanon 10 years ago heading to France, to pursue a professional fencing career there with Lebanese coach Jihad Tanios. Nevertheless, he gets back to his country at the end of every season.

During the ceremony, the president and rest of the members thanked Elias for raising Lebanon’s name worldwide and congratulated him on his success. Also, the federation asked the people in charge from the government to help this sport, and help the disabled athletes even more.

On the other hand, Semaan also thanked the federation for the ceremony, and offered his services to help other wheel chair fencers that are striving for success.

At the end, the Lebanese champion was given a souvenir by the secretary general of the federation.

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Lebanese youth fencing delegation to the Asian championship


Délégation libanaise au championnat d’asie cadets et  juniors 2014 : Anthony Chouéiri, Rami Bassil, Jasmine Farhat, Imad Nahas, Rita Aboujaoudé, Ramy Beydoun et Rami Ghorra

The Lebanese junior fencing delegation: Anthony Chouéiri, Rami Bassil, Jasmine Farhat, Imad Nahas, Rita Aboujaoudé, Ramy Beydoun et Rami Ghorra

The Lebanese junior fencing delegation, left Lebanon heading to the Jordanian capital Oman, to participate in the Asian Junior championship. The delegation contains boys and girls, and is headed by Imad Nahas who is the fencing federation general secretary. Imad stated that the objective of the participation was to retain the Asian championship and prepare the team to the world championship coming up next month in Bulgaria, that allows qualification in the next youth olympics in Nanjing.

The lebanese fencers are:

Boys:

  • Anthony Choueiry who previously who is the runner up of the Mediterranean championship and the West Asian champion.
  • Rami Ghorra who is also a West Asia champion.
  • Rami Baydoun the Arabs champion.
  • Rami Bassel the uprising talent.

Girls:

  • Dominique Tannous, the youth Asian champion for the last 2 years.
  • Rita Abou Jaoudeh the Arabs and West asian champion.
  • Nour Farhat, also a West Asian champion.
  • Jasmine Farhat, who is a very promising talent.

The girls delegation will be missing Mona Chaiito, the olympic and Asian Champion who is ranked 6th in the world, due to academic obligations!

Dominique Tannous in the Senior World Championships – Budapest – August 2013


Dominique Tannous - Budapest 2013

We received this article from Mrs Jeane Tannous

August 5, 2013, Senior World Championships in Budapest Hungry at Syma Olympic Sports Hall.

Senior women’s epee consisted of 154 fencers.
The event was formatted with 16  fencers exempt from the pools, this resulted in twenty pools. Of the twenty pools, only two pools had the mere six fencers.
In her first pool bout, Dominique defeated Johanna Bergdahl of Sweden ,ranked 43rd senior and 2010 Junior World Champion ,5-4,
And Ines Hermino of Portugal 5-2 and Yuk Cheng of Hong Kong 5-2.
While she lost against the brazilian Cleia Guilhon, ranked 47th in the world,   5-4. and against  Bezhura from Ukraine 5-4.
Dominique was qualified for the preliminary table of 64, and earned the 40th spot, she would next fence the 25th seed Anfisa Pochkalova of Ukraine.
 Pochkalova , a member of the London 2012 Ukraine Olympic Team, defeated Dominique who  managed to tie up the match in the third period 12-12, 13-13, 14-14 and the final touché was for the Ukraine.

1st West Asian Fencing Championship For Youth – Fadi Tannous Cup


1st West Asian Fencing Championship For Youth - Fadi Tannous Cup - Lebanon 2012

From the 21st to the 23rd of December @ Mont La Salle daily form 9:00 to 17:00

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طنّوس لـ«الجمهورية» متفائل بالأخوين شعيتو في أولمبياد لندن


بدأ لاعباً متفوّقاً وناجحاً على مدى سنوات عديدة في لعبة المبارزة فاحتكر الألقاب، وتُوّج بطلاً للبنان أكثر من مرة، قبل أن يتحوّل إلى التدريب. نجاحه الباهر أدى إلى تسلّمه مهام الأمانة العامة للاتّحاد اللبناني. إنّه فادي طنوس أبرز لاعبي رياضة المبارزة في تاريخ لبنان. «الجمهورية» التقته، فتحدّث بصراحة عن الأمور الفنّية خصوصاً تحضيرات الأخوين شعيتو للمشاركة في أولمبياد لندن

فادي طنّوس يتحدّث لـ«الجمهورية» - تصوير جوزف براك

فادي طنّوس يتحدّث لـ«الجمهورية» – تصوير جوزف براك

كيف تتمّ التحضيرات لأولمبياد لندن 2012 ؟
التحضيرات جدّية للأخوين زين ومنى شعيتو الموجودين في أوهايو في الولايات المتحدة الاميركية، بمعدّل ستّ ساعات يوميّاً. وخلال الأسبوع المقبل سيدخلان في معسكر في إيطاليا بإشراف المدرب المصري أمجد بدوي وهو مقيم هناك. وفور الانتهاء سيتوجّهون مباشرة إلى لندن أي في الخامس والعشرين من الشهر الحالي قبل انطلاق الأولمبياد بيومين وستلاقيهم البعثة اللبنانية في اليوم التالي

ما هي تكاليف التمارين والمعسكر، وعلى حساب مَن؟
الاتّحاد واللجنة الأولمبية اللبنانية يقومان بتغطية أغلب المصاريف، إضافة إلى عدد من المساعدات على الصعيد الشخصي

ماذا تتوقّع أن يحقّق الأخوان شعيتو على صعيد النتائج؟
لا أخفي عليك صعوبة المنافسات الأولمبية، فهما تأهّلا في بطولة آسيا الأخيرة التي أقيمت في اليابان والصين حيث حقّقا نتائج مميزة ما أهّلهما عن جدارة إلى أولمبياد لندن. منى عمرها 16 سنة وزين 21 سنة، ونأمل أن يحقّقا نتائج إيجابية، وأنا متفائل بذلك، على رغم أنّنا سنواجه نخبة من أبطال العالم، أي الإيطاليين والفرنسيين والروس والمجريين واليابانيين وغيرهم

البعثة على نفقة مَن ستسافر؟
هناك عضوان على عاتق الأولمبية اللبنانية، رئيس الاتحاد زياد الشويري وأنا كأمين السر، والعضو المحامي عماد نحاس وهو أمين سر بالوكالة، سيغادر على حسابه الخاص

كيف ترى تعامُل اللجنة الأولمبية معكم؟

لا أخفي سرّاً أنّ اللجنة الأولمبية وعلى رأسها الأستاذ انطوان شارتييه، لم تقصّر معنا قطّ في مختلف المجالات، كوننا حقّقنا نتائج لافتة ومميزة وحصدنا عشرات الميداليات من الدورات العربية والآسيوية كما في البطولة العربية للناشئين في ابو ظبي، أمّا في البطولة العربية الأخيرة في الدوحة فقد حازت منى على الذهب وزين الفضة، غير أنّهما أحرزا الذهب أيضاً في تصفيات آسيا المؤهّلة إلى الاولمبياد

كيف ترى عمل الاتّحاد؟
الاتّحاد يعمل بجهد كبير بفضل رئيس الاتّحاد زياد الشويري والأعضاء. كلّنا يد واحدة لإعلاء شأن اللعبة التي بات لها جمهورها ومشجعّوها، لكنّ العقبة الرئيسة هي المصاريف الكبيرة التي يتكبّدها اللاعب، إضافة إلى أنّ الاتحاد استحدث موقعاً إلكترونياً للعبة يتولاه زميلنا ناجي غره، وهو يحتوي على المعلومات الكاملة عن البطولات المحلية والخارجية

ما هو عدد الأندية المنضمّة إلى الاتّحاد؟

نسعى إلى رفع عدد الأندية في الموسم المقبل إلى اكثر من عشرة. حالياً هناك 5 أندية فاعلة، لكن ما يعترض طريق اللعبة ويضع العراقيل الكلفة التي سيتكبّدها النادي أو اللاعب الذي يحتاج إلى تجهيزات تبلغ قيمتها أكثر من ألف دولار أميركي. فاللباس الكامل يتضمّن القفّازات، القناع، والسيف. وهناك العديد من النشئ الجديد الذي يودّ الانضمام إلى الأندية لتعلّم أصول اللعبة. لكن كما ذكرت، إنّ التكلفة باهظة ونحن كاتّحاد نسعى إلى تأمين اكبر قدر ممكن من الألبسة لمزاولة اللعبة. وأحياناً نتلقّى بعض المساعدات، خصوصاً من نادي المون لاسال الذي لا يألو جهداً في مساعدتنا قدر الإمكان

هل ما زلت تشارك في البطولات على رغم توليك أمانة السر؟

ما زلت أشارك في بطولة لبنان، غير أنّي اعتزلت دوليّاً بسبب انشغالاتي الكثيرة. حاليّاً أحمل لقب بطل لبنان في فئة الحسام و الشيش و ثالثا في المبارزة. وكون اللعبة تتضمّن ثلاث ألعاب، سلاح الشيش (كناية عن الصدر والظهر)، وسيف الحسام (الإصابة بالعرض) (زورو)، وسيف المبارزة على كامل الجسم. وأشرف على تدريب فريق نادي المون لاسال ونادي البرج عينطورة. ومؤخّراً نلت لقب حكم دولي في اللعبة في الدورة العربية الأخيرة التي جرت في قطر

منذ متى تمارس اللعبة؟
مارست اللعبة منذ سنة 1984 وكان عمري آنذاك تسع سنوات. وأوّل مباراة خارجية كانت عام 1993. إحتكرت الألقاب المحلية لسنوات عديدة، أمّا خارجيّا فأحرزت المركز الثالث على الصعيد العربي

كيف ترى وضع الرياضة في لبنان بشكل عام؟
وضع الرياضة في لبنان سيّئ جداً. فالتخطيط غائب ولا ذهنية احترافية، والاحتراف في لبنان من الصعب الوصول إليه في المستقبل القريب، نظراً إلى المشاكل والثغرات التي تعتريه. جُلّ ما نريده هو جيل شاب واع يعمل بشافية وموضوعية، شرط أن يكون على اطّلاع بكل تفاصيل العمل الرياضي. وحتى الآن، لدينا طاقات كبيرة ولكن لا يوجد من يعطيها الفرصة الكاملة. فنحن مثلاً في اتّحادنا نعمل كمجموعة متجانسة ومتفاهمة على الأقلّ لنحافظ على لعبتنا، وهذا الاتّحاد عنوانه النجاح الدائم على أمل أن نحقق إن شاء الله في أولمبياد لندن نتائج ترفع اسم لبنان عالياً

Athlètes libanais participant aux jeux olympiques de Londres 2012



Testimony from Amgad Badawi, Mona & Zain Shaito fencing Coach


Mona Shaito, Amgad Badawi & Zain Shaito - Wakayama - Japan - april 2012

Mona Shaito, Amgad Badawi & Zain Shaito - Wakayama - Japan - april 2012

I’m very proud to be the Lebanese National coach at the Asian Fencing championship at Wakayama, Japan to coach the best group of fencers willing to earn the best results ever. I’m very proud to say that all the countries in Asia start realize that the Lebanese fencers came to Japan to compete and win not just as a numbers.

Mona Shaito Foil fenced as an Olympian, in her pool fenced against Nam (Korean Fencer and one of the best Foil Fencers in the world) at the round of 32 Mona defeated Vietnamese fencer 15-6 , at the round of 16 Mona fenced a Japanese fencer , Mona scored 2 nice touches at the defect area at the Japanese target to lose in overtime 7-6, Mona and myself droved the Italian coach who coach the Japanese foil team crazy (I felt sorry for the Referee to deal with me and the Japanese coach).

Dominique Tannous Epee is 15 years old but at her pool she fenced unexpected performance with all the fencers, she fenced the Chinese #1 in the world and she scored one tough with high blade action, Dominique ended her pool with 3 Victories to be by the round of 64 and move to the round of 32 to Fence very high experienced fencers to do her best but Dominique still 15 years old and she in her way to be the best epee fencer . Dominique earned her firs 6 international senior points.

Alessandro Michon Epee had a very strong pool with the top 3 epee fencers in Asia, Alessandro Fenced his best in pool to finish seeding 45 but he was unbelievable fencers at the round of 64 to defeat #21 seeding with 15-3 score and he continue to surprise us with his performance at the round of 32 to defeat # 13 seeding 15-10 to move to the round of 16 to fence against #4 seeding, Alessandro continued his high performance but again the experience made different in fencing.

Zain Shaito Foil proved to every fencers at the event that he is the best to qualify to the Olympic when he defeated every fencers in his pool including the Korean #11 in the world, at round of 32 zain win his bout 15-6 then he fenced a fencers from Japan, Zain drive the Japanese coach crazy again, Zain I’mso proud of your performance proud to coach you.

Andy Osman Foil has a very very strong poll to finish #30 seeding then he fence very strong at the round of 64 but he had a bad luck.

Alexandra Tannous Saber fenced very strong with very high performance at the Olympic qualifier to reach the round of 8, Alexandra will continue her strong performance tomorrow at the Asian championship but I have to leave tomorrow so Alex will not have the crazy Lebanese coach running everywhere, scream to his fencers to fight for each tough and giving the referee hard time.

I’m so proud to coach the Lebanese fencers and be a part of that team

Fencing: Lebanon has its first GOLD medal on « USA soil »


On Saturday April 16th, 2011, Miss Dominique Tannous was the first female epeeist to officially represent Lebanon at the North American Cup held in Portland, Oregon.

Dominique Tannous, Gold Medalist at the North American Cup - Portland, Oregon - USA

Dominique Tannous, Gold Medalist at the North American Cup - Portland, Oregon - USA

Dominique Tannous was the only fencer to wear « LIB » on her fencing jacket. The crowd composed of mainly of US citizens, Canadians, people from Great Britain and Japan as well. Many spectators incorrectly guessed that « LIB » was the symbol for  Libya or Liberia.

Dominique Tannous had a rough start for the day, she had injury to her leg from practice that was bothering her, she was tired  and slightly under the weather from the long travel to the event. The  epee pool of ladies was diverse and formidable. Dominique Tannous had to work hard for each touch because the crowd wanted the girl from « LIB » to be beaten. However, Dominique Tannous with the guidance of her coaches defeated all of her opponents. Dominique Tannous swept her pools with 6 victories and zero losses.

Round results after pools, ranked  Dominique Tannous fourth in the field of 79 fencers. Her ranking position gave her a bye for the round of 128. With increasing pain in her right leg, Dominique Tannous completed her first direct elimination with a score of 15-4.
Shortly thereafter, Dominique Tannous began a tougher direct elimination round and with unrelenting resolve she defeated her opponent 15-10.
At this point, Dominique Tannous was beginning to feel very tired and sore. The time difference was effecting her slightly. Although, her friends and clubmates cheered her onward..

However, Dominique Tannous fought hard to stay in the game and won her 3rd direct elimination 15-13. At this point, we were extremely happy that Lebanon had made it to the top eight. Dominique Tannous next would fence a very worthy opponent.
Due to the increasing pain in her leg, her coach worked with her to lessen the pain. In a nail biting match, Dominique Tannous won the direct elimination round 14-13  in overtime with priority to her opponent.

Next Dominique Tannous would face another highly experienced and very  strong opponent from USA  and world team member.
Dominique Tannous under the direction of her coaches Alex Ripa and Jeff Mooney won the bout 15-9.

« LIB » has it’s first chance at GOLD on USA soil!

Against all odds, against the popular crowd, with sever pain in her right leg. Dominique Tannous fights for each touch, blow after blow, scream after scream, with several distinguished  Russian Coaches guiding her opponent, the little girl from « LIB » is victorious 15-12.

    Dominique Tannous, Gold Medalist at the North American Cup - Portland, Oregon - USA

Dominique Tannous, Gold Medalist at the North American Cup - Portland, Oregon - USA

Congratulations to Dominique, the LFF and Lebanon!

« LIB » has recognition in the USA!

ArabWorld 2.0: welcome to FaceBookLand


No ! Not another article about the influence of social networks on the revolutions in Arab countries! There are so many we can’t keep count anymore.

Still, while reading dozens of those analyses crowding the pages of daily newspapers and Internet, I noticed that an essential element is missing and that all the analyses were based on a rather simplistic idea, namely that Internet and, more especially, the social networks played the role of catalyst in facilitating communication among the internauts.

That is not untrue, but such a reductive vision transforms those immense gatherings in Tahrir Square into a caricature more like a flash mob than a revolution. I noticed also the confusion in these articles which puts all the social networks on the same level: when one mentions them they generally cite, always and in the same order, facebook, Twitter and every other time You Tube.

In my judgment, the principal contribution that the social networks made to the revolution of the Arabs comes from the preponderant, and maybe unconscious, influence that facebook has had on Arab youth.

Moubarak - Ben Ali: Friend request on facebook - Tahrir square - Cairo - Egypt

Moubarak - Ben Ali: Friend request on facebook - Tahrir square - Cairo - Egypt

Actually, since the creation of this social network, Arab youth, largely inactive, has been able to live in a virtual country populated by millions of inhabitants where democracy (certainly relative but very real in comparison with the authoritarian regimes based on intelligence services), equality and respect for the opinion of the other are the rule.

Here we have a situation these youth never knew in their real country. Moreover, that experience of democracy touches all strata of the society.

It is probably there, in FaceBookLand, that Arab youth discovered that they could give their opinion on any subject, that they could refuse to look at any publicity that did not interest them. They were even asked to explain why they weren’t interested. The last straw!

They could request the removal of a page or an image that seemed insulting and, most important, they could speak freely, discuss and come together (although only through virtual groups initially), which probably gave them the desire to apply this virtual experience of democracy to real life. This experience was all the more painful in that it put into vivid contrast the country freely chosen (virtual emigration to FaceBookLand) with the country imposed by accident of birth (a country stagnating in a dictatorial, police and repressive regime where young people are not at home).

Political consciousness was born.

Even though there is a privileged social class in all Arab countries that has access to higher education as well as trips abroad that allows them to taste democracy, suddenly even a young unemployed Tunisian, by paying a pittance in an Internet café in Tunis, can have his own facebook page and enjoy that same experience with democracy, freedom and public speech.

A posteriori, one can certainly point out that the bloggers, twitterers, and web leaders of these revolutions came from the privileged, educated class, but it is certain that if the other young people were not ready, had they not had the same experiences and aspirations, they probably would not have followed and the adventure would have resulted in a paragraph in a newspaper indignant at the arrest of some anonymous blogger. Besides, in several interviews the young Egyptian bloggers expressed surprise at the unexpected success of their calls online for the manifestation on January 25.

We can therefore say that contrary to what is happening (or might happen) in some sub-Saharan countries, the Arab revolutions are not hunger riots. These are real political revolutions that would not be possible in countries that have not reached a certain social level and a certain political consciousness; it was not hungry stomachs that demanded a share of power. This became evident when the leaders, in desperation, attempted to buy social peace by doubling the salaries of officials but failed to contain the revolt. Besides the slogan chanted whether in Tunis, Cairo, Bahrain or elsewhere was: « The people demand the downfall of the regime ».

At the end of 2010, the world’s youth, young Arabs included, were able to « meet » the « president » of this virtual democracy, Mark Zuckerberg through the film The Social Network. They met a young fellow, barely out of adolescence, and they identified with him. This young man, with all his frailties and weaknesses – widely portrayed in the film – was effectively administering the largest country in the virtual world (over 500 million today) while these tyrants, in power in their respective countries for decades, disregarding any age limit, and no longer representing their people(if ever they did) were incapable of governing.

Everyone can give his opinion in the society aborning –  ArabWorld 2.0 – where the dictatorship of « Like » replaces “the dictatorship of the crowds” dear to an older Gaddafi, the Libyan Supreme Leader, who is now watching his worn out regime fashioned from outdated European ideologies, crumble around him. He is so incapable of understanding what is happening that on the first day of unrest in Libya, he exclaimed publicly in the media: « But here, there will be no popular uprising since it is the people who govern! »

The Arab world is dead, long live ArabWorld 2.0!

Nagi GHORRA teaches e-learning at Saint Joseph University – Beirut, Lebanon
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