The 2 athletes had been a part of Algeria’s workforce on the Mediterranean Seashore Video games [Wei Zheng/CHINASPORTS/VCG via Getty-archive]
Two Algerian wrestlers evaded a homebound flight to Algeria after competing in a world match in Greece this week.
Mohammed Islam Gouadma and Yahia Gacim had been a part of an Algerian workforce catching a connecting flight to Algeria from Frankfurt airport on Thursday, after competing on the Mediterranean Seashore Video games.
However the two athletes didn’t board the flight to Algeria, Rizki Ait Houssine, director of the nationwide wrestling workforce instructed German information company dpa.
“We observed that they didn’t board the airplane heading to Algeria,” Houssine mentioned.
The athletes possessed Schengen visas for the match, so remained in Europe legally.
Houssine mentioned Gouadma and Gacim’s teammates had spoken to them, and so they instructed them that they had been properly, however offered no different info.
Citing an unnamed supply on the wrestling federation, The New Arab’s Arabic-language sister website, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, reported that the 2 wrestlers instructed their teammates after the flight that they had been satisfied that they’d made the proper resolution by not boarding the flight.
Houssine mentioned there was no prior indicator that the wrestlers wouldn’t be boarding the flight to Algeria.
“They took half within the competitors in full calm and with none issues,” Houssine mentioned.
The wrestling federation head mentioned he feared the 2 athletes’ escape would set a precedent for different athletes to make use of sporting tournaments as a way of fleeing their dwelling nations.
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