Lebanese Judo at the 28th Summer Universiade Gwangju 2015
13 Jul. 2015 – Four Lebanese Judokas represented Lebanon at the 28th Summer Universiade that was held in Gwangju, South Korea, from 3 to 14 July. Judo was already done by the 5th of July.
Joe CHAMMA was the head of the judo team with two girls and two boys: Marie Ivone AAD (NDU), Michelle CHERFANE (USEK), Michael MERHEB (NDU) and Kevin NICOLAOS (NDU).
Michael MERHEB (-73kg) played his first game against China. Both of them were gripping each other when Michael launched a move but couldn’t get a point. Michael attacked after 1:30 minutes of play and was countered by the Chinese who ended the game in his favor by Ippon.
Kevin NICOLAOS (-81) played against Estonia. At the beginning, the game was in his favor, before being countered by the Estonian who scored 10 with his Wazari and continued his move by pinning Kevin for 15 seconds that allowed the Estonian to win.
Marie Ivonne AAD (-70kg) who is left-handed faced Romania in her first game who is also left-handed! “I was surprised because I’m not used to playing against left handed like me, in Lebanon I am usually the one who surprises my opponent because of that.” Marie Ivonne was able to get out of two pins before losing in 2 Wazari.
Michelle CHERFANE (-63kg) played against Kazakhstan who countered her attack and was able to win with a pin. We should note that no judo coach had come to the Universiade
“It was a great experience that allowed me not only to meet other Judo players and learn more about their trainings, but also discover other cultures and make new contacts that can help me in my major which is Business.” Said AAD.
In the end, the Universiade ‘s motto is “excellence in the mind and body”. The Games group athletes from all over the world who are playing sports and studying at the same time. Knowing the tough programs that we have in Lebanon and the lack of interest in sports, being able to study and practice sports at a high level is a great achievement in itself.