Eight Lebanese athletes qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics
The Lebanese Olympic Committee have confirmed that eight of their athletes will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic games.
Four athletes achieved the qualifying standards in their respective
sports automatically qualifying them for the Olympics. They are runner
Chirine Njeim, table tennis player Mariana Sahakyan, Judo player Naif
Elias and finally fencer Mona Shaito.
The four other athletes, swimmes Gabriella Doueihy and Anthony
Barbar, shooter Ray Bassil and lastly canoeist Richard Merjan all
qualified through a wildcard system.
The International Olympic Committee offer wildcards to those athletes who have not met the needed entry requirement.
It is worth noting that in the London 2012 Olympic games Lebanon
sent ten athletes with the last Olympic medal coming in 1980 when
Hassan Bchara won a bronze medal in the Men’s Greco-Roman Super