Saudi Olympic champion Hamedi greeted with surprise celebration in Jeddah airport

Saudi Olympic champion Hamedi greeted with surprise celebration in Jeddah airport

Saudi Arabian Olympic champion and Karate player Tarek Hamedi was welcomed with a grand celebration at Jeddah airport following his silver medal win at the Tokyo Games, videos shared on social media showed on Monday.

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Sports and President of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, accompanied Hamedi upon his arrival.
Dozens of photographers lined up to capture the moment the athlete walked out of the arrival gates and accepted flower bouquets from young aspiring karatekas.
When Hamedi was disqualified for throwing a high kick and knocking out his opponent in the men’s over-75kg final at the Tokyo Olympic Games, he was leading on points.

Iranian athlete Sajad Ganjzadeh was awarded gold after officials deliberated and decided that Hamedi’s move constituted a violation of the rules.

On Friday, the sports minister announced that the karate player would still be honored with the gold medal award and gifted $1.3 million (5 million Saudi Riyals) because of his near win.
“Our Olympic champion Tarek Hamedi will be honored with the gold medal award (5 million riyals) for his excellence, creativity, and honorable representation of the country in front of world stars in Tokyo 2020 since he is a hero in our eyes,” Prince Abdul Aziz stated.


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