Friday, 12 August 2016

Man without a country wins gold, but how is this possible?

Fehaid Al Deehani has become the first man without a country to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games.
The competitor from Kuwait represented himself in Rio after his team was suspended from the Games – and fired his way to glory by winning gold in the men’s double trap final with victory over Italy’s Marco Innocenti.
Kuwait was suspended from the Games by the IOC last August after passing a law that allowed Government intervention in the nation’s sports federations.
Al Deehani and seven other other athletes were allowed access to Rio, but only as independent competitors without the flag of Kuwait behind them.
Al Deehani becomes the first independent competitor to win a medal since the Barcelona Games in 1992, and was also the first Kuwaiti to win a medal when he collected a bronze in Sydney in 2000, a feat he repeated in London four years ago.

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