Moroccan taekwondo team prepare for Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games in France

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The Moroccan Olympic taekwondo team has started a training camp in France to prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, which are scheduled to start next July. The training camp will last several weeks, until January 23.
The national Taekwondo team includes three fighters: Achraf Mahboubi in the -80 kilogram category, Nada Laaraj (-57 kilograms) and Oumaima El Bouchti (-49 kilograms).

The Royal Moroccan Taekwondo Federation (FRMTKD) organized the training camp in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and the Moroccan National Olympic Committee (CNOM).

The institutions provide Moroccan athletes with financial support to help them prepare well for the Olympic Games, according to a press release from the FRMTKD.

The training camp in France is their first session which will take place outside Morocco in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Moroccan taekwondo fighters have spent several months training at home.

After the Moroccan government eased the lockdown measures, the athletes attended several training camps at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. The last training camp at the Moroccan university took place from November 11 to December 9.

Also read: Moroccan Olympic taekwondo team begins training in Ifrane

Due to the tight schedule leading up to the Olympics, Moroccan fighters only had a week’s rest before flying to France.

The athletes won their places at international sporting events at the end of February during the qualifiers for the African Olympic Games Taekwondo, organized in Morocco.

The three fighters expressed their eagerness to raise the Moroccan flag at the Olympics after their qualification.

“Four years ago, I remember watching the Olympics on TV when I was a kid. Today, I have made the dream of athletes all over the world come true, ”said Mahboubi, 20, after qualifying.

In Tokyo, the young fighters will try to win Olympic medals and achieve what the national taekwondo teams have failed to do in five previous appearances.

Moroccans have participated in taekwondo competitions at the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016). However, no Moroccan Taekwondo fighter could reach the podium.

Also read: Morocco gets 3 taekwondo spots at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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