African Taekwondo Tournament (Dakar-2024): Morocco’s Fatima Ezzahra Aboufaras Qualifies for Paris Olympics

The former champion of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires defeated Guinea’s Ayong Veronica 2-0 in the final.

However, her compatriot Soufiane Elasbi (-80kg) was eliminated by Faysal Sawadogo of Burkina Faso (0-2).

Three Moroccans out of six participants secured their tickets for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games on Friday. Ayoub Adouich (-63kg), Rachid Ismaili Alaoui (-80kg), and Rajae Akermach (+65kg) were successful.

A total of 44 disabled athletes representing 13 countries participated on the first day of the tournament. Ayoub Adouich defeated Senegal’s Fam Diene 20-10, while Rachid Ismaili Alaoui triumphed over Mali’s Samake Adama 30-25. Rajae Akermach emerged victorious in the final against Ghanaian champion Keyrema Patricia (16-2).

The other Moroccan athletes, Naoual Laaarif (-47kg), Rahma Rboh (-65kg), and Zakaria Nejjari (-58kg), couldn’t clinch victories in their respective finals against their opponents: Cameroon’s Guileine Chemogne (14-16), Dassi Marie (5-25), and Djavirou Omar from Niger. Nejjari was disqualified due to a technical foul after a headbutt, despite leading 10-2.

The tournament continues on Sunday with the elimination rounds in the Olympic category, featuring two other Moroccan competitors: Nadia Laaraj (-57kg) and Ayoub Bassel (+80kg).

Moroccan taekwondo champion Fatima Ezzahra Aboufaras (+67kg) secured her spot in the Olympic Games (Paris-2024) on Saturday, by excelling at the African Taekwondo Tournament held at the Dakar Arena sports complex in Diamniadio from January 9th to 11th.
11 February 2024