African Weightlifting Championships: Nine medals for Madagascar.

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An unexpected entry. The Malagasy weightlifters won gold, silver and bronze medals at the African championships which started this Thursday in Kenya.

Suspense. The four Malagasy weightlifters namely Rosina; Ricardo; Tojo; Eric; were able to join the African Weightlifting Championships in Nairobi; Kenya; after a tormented day. In addition. After negotiations and an intervention in high places, the Malagasy weightlifters were finally able to compete in this last qualifying stage for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In the 55 kg men’s category, Jean Elariont Ricardo Ramiarimanana won two gold medals in Madagascar and one silver medal. On his side; Eric Herman Andriantsitohaina won three bronze medals in the 61 kg men category. As for Tojo ANDRIATSITOHAINA; he won again 03 gold medals (137 snatches, 166 hurdles, 303 in total) in the 67 kg category.

In fact, the national team was able to reach this summit thanks to the joint efforts of the President of the Republic; Andry Rajoelina; and the Minister of Youth and Sports; Tinoka Roberto; as well as the President of the Malagasy Weightlifting Federation; Harinelina Randriamanarivo »; said Rosa Rakotozafy; Director General of Sports.

She also added; this Thursday at the headquarters of the Malagasy Olympic Committee; « the delegation took a special flight to Nairobi very early; Thursday morning at 05:00; the very day of the opening of the competition. It is true that the athletes were only able to leave the country on the day of the competition, but this did not affect them given the importance of the competition, the last qualifying stage for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Finally. On this occasion, Rosa Rakotozafy, the Director General of Sports, pointed out that the delegation could not take the flight earlier because of the Covid-19 pandemic and despite the help of the ministry in charge.


© Credit photos : Midi Madagasikara

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