With the 250 days until the start of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, Egypt’s qualification campaign is going to slowly. Among the sports Egypt has outright qualified for in Rio is the sitting volleyball competition, earning their spot at African sitting volleyball championships. The team could be a real medal contender in Rio, as they finished fourth at the 2014 sitting volleyball world championships after losing the bronze medal game to Iran.
One of the other sports where Egypt is confirmed to be represented in Rio includes table tennis, with ElSaied Ragab having been selected as an umpire for the event.
Egypt sent a large delegation of 40 athletes in 4 sports to the London Games, where they won fourteen medals of which four were gold. The sports they participated in include athletics, powerlifting, sitting volleyball and table tennis. Powerlifter Fatma Omar’s suspension from doping should be over by May 15, and she could potentially be in Rio if the stars align for her. She earned one of Egypt’s gold medals in London. Fellow power lifters Sherif Othman and Hany Abdelhady also contributed a gold each.