Libya has once again proven itself as a formidable presence in the world of sports, with its special needs champions achieving great success at the World Summer Games held in Berlin from 17-25 June. The games featured the participation of 7,000 athletes from 190 countries, and prior to the final day of the event, Libya had already won a total of 18 medals, including five gold, four silver, and nine bronze.
The Libyan athletes competed in eight sports, including swimming, weightlifting, table tennis, cycling, badminton, bowling, bocce, and athletics. In the swimming category, Meriam Ben Issa won a silver medal in the 25-meter backstroke race, competing against eight swimmers from around the world. Mansour Alzawi won a gold medal and three bronze medals in the weightlifting category, and Muath Al-Karghali won gold in the individual bowling competition.
Dr. Jamal Bargh, Libya’s Ambassador to Germany, expressed his admiration for the encouraging results achieved at the event. “The success of Libyan athletes in the World Summer Games is a testament to their hard work, dedication, and talent, and is sure to be a source of national pride,” he said.
In addition to the success of Libyan athletes with special needs, the Libyan National Powerlifting team made a significant impact at the World Open Powerlifting Championship held in Malta. Competing against 56 countries, Libya secured the sixth spot in the globally renowned competition. Abdullah Hajar was a key player in this achievement, earning a silver medal and two bronze medals in the 105-kilogram category. His impressive performance has set a new standard in Libyan powerlifting, and has been a source of national pride.
Abdelrahman Musa also demonstrated Libya’s potential in powerlifting, claiming the fourth position in the 120-kilogram category. Meanwhile, Mohamed Al-Hamali achieved a respectable sixth place in the 59-kilogram weight class.