After tying an African record, Omar Assar faces world and Olympic champion Ma Long in a tantalizing quarter-final match in the men’s singles table tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.
The Chinese Ma Long, gold medalist at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games and world champion three years later, is a big favorite to progress at the expense of Assar, who will always be proud to reach this stage.
Assar made history on Tuesday after becoming the first Arab to qualify for the quarter-finals, having defeated 2019 World Championship finalist and world number 9 Mattias Falck of Sweden before defeating Yuan Chih Chuang of Chinese Taipei. in the round of 16.
He also became the second African to reach the bottom eight after Nigerian Quadri Aruna, who achieved the feat in 2016.
Swimmer Farida Osman will have a chance to redeem herself when she competes in the women’s 100m freestyle.
Osman failed to reach the women’s 100m butterfly semifinals on Saturday, but can make amends on Wednesday.
The men’s handball team meet Japan in their third Group B match, having beaten Portugal before losing to reigning world champions Denmark.
Egypt are third in their group with two points, two behind Denmark and Sweden. The first four of the group of six teams will reach the quarter-finals.
The U23 football team face Australia in a decisive clash as they need to win to have a chance to secure a place in the bottom eight. Egypt are at the back of Group C with one point, two behind Argentina and Australia and three behind Spain, leading in a tight race for two quarter-final tickets.
If they beat Australia and Argentina fail to defeat Spain, Egypt will reach the knockout stage. If Argentina beat Spain, Egypt will need to improve Spain’s goal difference to qualify.
Archer Amal Adam faces Korea’s Jang Minhee in the round of 16 of the women’s all-around while the men’s fencing team faces Japan in the round of 16 in saber.
In boxing, Abdel-Rahman Orabi faces Briton Benjamin Whittaker in the round of 16 of the men’s 81 kg event.