Egypt’s cycling team has been crowned champion of the 2018 African Championship held in Morocco after scoring 23 medals in total, 12 gold medals, eight silvers and three bronzes.
Egyptian Ebtessam Zayed has been awarded best athlete of the African Track Cycling Championship securing seven gold medals out of all women races she participated in, according to Egypt Independent.
Also through the African Championship, Zayed and cyclist Donia Rashwan qualified for the world track cycling championship in the Netherlands to be held later this month. Khaled Abdel Aziz, the minister of youth and sports, congratulated Zayed for her win, reports Al-Bawaba news website.
In 2016, Zayed scored the 27th position in the Olympic sprint cycling finals in Rio De Janeiro.
According to local media reports, this was the third time in history for Egypt to be represented in Olympic cycling. Egyptian athletes Ahmed Salem Hassan and Mohamed Madkour joined the 1924 Olympics in Paris followed by Mahmoud Abbas, Mohammed Abdel-Fattan, Mohammed Kholafy and Amr El Nady in the Sydney Olympics in the year 2000.
According to Egypt’s Cycling Federation, sports cycling activity in Egypt started in 1920 through the sports federation which supervised strength training, sports and cycling in Egypt, and in 1930 the cycling federation became independent.