Saturday, February 16, 2008

Squash the Opponent

We have a new reason to celebrate. Egyptian Squash players have accomplished yet another feat by securing an all Egyptian semi-finals round at the Pace Canadian Squash Classic, Toronto, Canada.

Amr Shabana, Ramy Ashour, Wael El Hindi, & Karim Darwish (ranked 1,2,4,&5), have reached the semis round after impressive wins over their opponents. Shabana joked: “Next year we should hold the PACE Canadian Squash Classic in Cairo." Well done guys.

Tonight, Amr Shabana (the 2006 champ) will meet Ramy Ashour (the 2007 champ) in yet another all Egyptian final. Both players are in great form, so it is hard to predict a winner. Yet, I am pretty confident that the 2008 champ will be an Egyptian!!!! Wanna bet??

p.s. Why are Egyptian accomplishments in our present time limited to the field of sports? According to Dr. Osama Ghazali Harb, this is due to the fact that sports is the only arena in Egypt where democracy is applied. In sports we have:
  • No wasta (the best player wins regardless of his, or lack of, connections)
  • True competition (to stay ahead, one must work very hard)
  • Transparency (a player's performance is monitored and judged by everyone)
Will we ever have this system applied to politics? Does changing the name of the country to The SportsClub of Egypt or may be SC EGYPTA (ala FC BARCA) help???

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