Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy has won the male category of the Lagos International Squash Classic in spite suffering ham string tear in the finals.
The five-day tournament which started on March 19 ended on Saturday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos State.
The Ahmed Hosny also of Egypt who challenged El Hammamy in the finals stepped down for his compatriot who emerge winner because of the injury he sustained.
Hosny acknowledged El Hammamy as the better player and gave up the match in favour of his opponent.
“I do not feel bad in any way for giving up the match. In fact I conceded defeat because I know that my brother is a fantastic player and would have won if not for his injury,” he said.
Hosny said that he did not feel like he lost the match in any way because in the end, the gold medal eventually was claimed by Egypt.
Dr Akin George, a medical practitioner with the Lagos State Government said that ham string injury was common with athletes who were active in their field.
George said that El Hammamy’s tear was minor and would soon heal, adding that “all he needs do is to rest for a couple of weeks, avoid training during the period and he will be fine.”
The Salma Youssef of Egypt knocked out Menna Nasser, also an Egyptian, 3-2 in the finals of the female category.
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