02-16-2008 10:57

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

After a poor showing in Athens, Algeria are hoping for a better performance from their boxers at the Beijing Olympics later this year.

At the recent AIBA Tournament in Algiers, eight of their boxers made it through with four of them taking gold.

Algerian boxers have won six Olympic medals since the country's independence in 1962.

And after a disappointing showing at Athens in 2004, hopes are high that they can add to that tally in Beijing.

Algeria finished top of the table with four golds in the recent African Olympic qualifying tournament.

And eight boxers in total qualified for Beijing.

One of them is Choayeb Oussassi. His Bronze in the 69 kg category was enough to earn him a ticket to Beijing.

Choayeb Oussassi, Algerian Boxer, said, "Like the previous boxers, they represented Algeria very well ,I hope we too can excel in our sport and Algeria will return to the world stage like before and I hope we could win one of the three medals on offer in Beijing. "

After a period in the doldrums, things are starting to look up for Algerian boxers.

They proved to be the dominant force at the recent African qualification tournament. Coach Hadi Jellab is optimistic about the future of boxing in his country.

Hadi Jellab, Aggeria Coach, said, "Algerian boxing is making a comeback on the Arab and African levels and now we are working so that we have achieve some success internationally. We won top place in the recent Arabic championship in Tunisia, then we were first again in the African championship in Madagascar. We were also first in the African Games in Algeria and we also managed to win most qualifying spots for the Olympic Games in Beijing."

There will be 11 weight divisions at the Beijing Olympics. Optimism for Algerian Boxers is high. Even winning a bronze medal would be a huge enough achievement to make Algeria proud.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei