World class Lebanese athletes are set to compete in the Summer Olympics that will kick off in less than one week’s time in Rio de Janeiro. While most of us will be rooting for them from afar, they are sure to be crowd pleasers considering the thousands of Brazilian-Lebanese who will pack the stadiums. Not surprising, the Consulate General of Lebanon in Rio has sent out a press release reminding Lebanese to make sure to bring out their flags!

Here is a run down of who you can expect to see next week:

N.B We couldn't find social media accounts for all the athletes but would welcome any edits in that regard.

1. Richard Merjan

He will be competing in the Men’s C-1, which marks the first time Lebanon has competed in canoeing. Follow his journey on Facebook here.

2. Mona Shaito

She will be competing in the fencing event (women’s foil). You can follow her on Instagram: @thefitlebanesegirl

3. Elias Nacif

Representing Lebanon in Judo, he will be participating in the half-middleweight category. You can follow him on Instagram: @nacifelias

4. Ray Bassil

Watch her take part in the shooting event (women’s trap). She is the only professional woman shooter in Lebanon! Follow her on Instagram: @rayjbassil

5. Anthony Barbar & Gabriella Doueihy

Check out these two as they take part in the swimming competition.
You can check out Anthony’s Facebook Page here.

6. Marianna Sahakian

Watch her as she goes for gold in the women’s singles for table tennis.

7. Chirine Njeim

A well-known champion skier, (she had made three Olympic ski teams!) Njeim will be competing in the marathon event. She is one of the few athletes in history to compete both in the summer and winter Olympics.

You can check out Chirine’s Facebook Page here.

8. Ahmad Hazer

He will be competing in the 110 meter hurdle. You can follow him on Twitter: @ahmadhazer.

We’re rooting for you all!

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Best wishes to all the team and the comitee I'm proud to be of Lebanese heritage, I will be watching you all from australia

Danny Sarkis on Aug 6, 2016 via mobile web