RIO DE JANEIRO: Kuwait’s Abdulaziz Alshatti, the lone independent fencer in the Rio Olympics, was knocked out yesterday after an early loss.
Kuwait’s Olympic Committee was suspended by the IOC in 2015 for “undue government interference”. Because of that the ban, Alshatti’s only chance to earn a trip to Rio was a last-chance Asian qualifying event in April in which only the winner advanced. Alshatti took first in a stunning result.
But he couldn’t match that performance in Brazil. Alshatti had the backing of a small crowd that appeared to sympathize with his plight. But Hungary’s Andras Redli survived a furious late rally from the hard-charging and flamboyant Kuwaiti, winning 14-13 in epee. – AP