Taekwondo: Oumaima El Bouchti qualified for the Paris Olympics


Moroccan taekwondo athlete Oumaima El Bouchti (-49 kg) has qualified for the Paris Olympic Games, scheduled from July 16 to August 11.

El Bouchti obtained the second qualifying ticket for the Olympic meeting based on the latest world ranking (N.8) after the withdrawal of the -49 kg category from the Olympic qualifications (Oceania zone).

The decision of the World Taekwondo Federation to validate El Bouchti’s qualification is based on that of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following the request of the Korean taekwondo athlete Mi Reu Kang who argued that she deserved this ticket, while she occupied 9th place in the world.

In this sense, the president of the Royal Moroccan Taekwondo Federation, Driss El Hilali, indicated that the qualification of Oumaima El Bouchti to the Olympic Games alongside her compatriot Fatima Zahra Abou Fares, comes after the presentation by the federal body of supporting documents confirming El Bouchti’s rights to this qualification, the Korean side claimed that Oumaima is not entitled to obtain this ticket after changing weight category.

“Oumaima El Bouchti changed her weight after the closing of the list of qualified athletes for the Olympic Games. She was then ranked eighth in the world, ahead of the Korean athlete,” El Hilali told MAP.

Fatima Zahra Abou Fares (over 67 kg) secured her ticket to the Olympic Games after winning the gold medal at the African Championships held in Dakar (February 9-10).

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