Morocco’s Malak Sabri wins Arab wrestling gold after Algeria’s Melissa Belaid withdraws over map (video)

JORDAN: Morocco’s Malak Sabri was crowned champion in the women’s under-73 kilogram category at the Arab Wrestling Championship, currently taking place in Jordan, after her Algerian opponent Melissa Belaid withdrew at the last minute.

Belaid’s withdrawal sparked widespread controversy, as she informed the jury that she would not fight due to a sudden injury, but informed sources revealed another reason for her withdrawal.

According to these sources, Belaid refused to fight Sabri because of the map of Morocco that was drawn on her opponent’s shirt, in solidarity with her country’s support for the Polisario mercenaries.

Algeria refuses to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Morocco’s Western Sahara, which casts a shadow over various fields, including sports.

The Algerian Wrestling Federation did not issue any official statement about Belaid’s withdrawal, while some Moroccan officials expressed regret that the Algerian athlete withdrew for political reasons.

Malak Sabri wins the gold medal:

Despite Belaid’s withdrawal, Sabri continued her championship run, winning all of her fights to take home a well-deserved gold medal.

Sabry expressed her happiness for this achievement, emphasizing that she worked hard to achieve this dream. She also thanked her family, her coach and the Moroccan public for their continuous support.

In conclusion:

Melissa Belaid’s withdrawal from the Arab Wrestling Championship is a new precedent to add to the record of political disputes between Algeria and Morocco, which casts a shadow over various fields, including sports.

Regardless of the real motives behind Belaid’s withdrawal, the event highlights the tensions between the two neighboring countries and raises questions about the future of their relations.

From the website: Fez News

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