Libya at the 2000 Summer Olympics

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Libya at the
2000 Summer Olympics
Flag of Libya (1977-2011).svg
IOC code LBA
NOC Libyan Olympic Committee
Website olympic.ly (Arabic)
in Sydney
Competitors 3 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Nizar Mohamed Naeeli
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Libya competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The country's participation in Sydney marked its sixth appearance at a Summer Olympics since its debut at the 1964 Games. The delegation included three male athletes; marathon runner Adel Edeli, judoka Tarek Ayad and Nizar Mohamed Naeeli in taekwondo. Edeli did not finish his race, while Ayad and Naeeli were both eliminated in the first bouts of their respective tournaments.

Background[edit]

Libya participated in six Summer Olympics between its debut at the 1964 Games in Mexico City, Mexico, and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. It has competed at the Olympics on an intermittent basis since its debut, with a 12 year gap taking place before it returned at the 1980 Games in Moscow, Soviet Union, and then not attending the following games in 1984.[1] It had boycotted the 1976 Summer Olympics because of the inclusion of the New Zealand team at the Games despite the breach of the international sports boycott of South Africa by the nation's rugby union team shortly prior.[2][3] It also boycotted the 1984 Games, following the rejection of visas to three Libyan journalists by the United States.[4] The highest number of Libyans at any one Summer Olympics was 29 at the 1980 Moscow Games.[1]

There were three male athletes in the Libyan team for the 2000 Summer Olympics, one in athletics, one in judo and one in taekwondo.[5] The nation had been represented by judokas previously at the 1992 Games,[6] but it was the first time that a Libyan had competed in taekwondo at the Summer Olympics which became an official Olympic sport at the 2000 Games.[7]

Athletics[edit]

Adel Edeli was the only competitor in athletics for Libya at the 2000 Summer Olympics;[8] he took part in the men's marathon on 1 October. In a field of 100 runners, 19 did not complete the race including Edeli. The medals were shared between athletes from African nations with the gold and bronze going to Ethiopia's Gezahgne Abera (two hours, ten minutes and 11 seconds) and Tesfaye Tola (two hours, 11 minutes and ten seconds) respectively, and the silver won by Eric Wainaina from Kenya (two hours, ten minutes and 31 seconds).[9]

Key
  • L = Lost
  • PTG = Points decision
  • DNF = Did not finish
Road & track
Athlete Event Final
Result Rank
Adel Edeli Men's marathon DNF

Judo[edit]

Libya's sole judoka at the 2000 Games was Tarek Ayad,[10] who had previously won a bronze medal at the 1998 African Judo Championships in Dakar, Senegal.[11] He competed at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 17 September,[12] He was defeated by Japan's Yukimasa Nakamura in the first round of the tournament, after Nakamura scored an ippon to automatically win the bout and eliminate Ayad.[13]

Judo
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Bronze
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Tarek Ayad –66 kg  Nakamura (JPN)
L
Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

The only athlete competing in taekwondo for Libya at the 2000 Summer Olympics was Nizar Mohamed Naeeli,[14] who also acted as the nation's flagbearer during the Parade of Nations during the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.[5] At the State Sports Centre on 28 September, Naeeli fought Aslanbek Dzitiyev of Russia, losing by points, thereby being eliminated from the tournament.[15]

Taekwondo
Athlete Event Preliminary round Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage
Quarterfinals
Repechage
Semifinals
Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Nizar Mohamed Naeeli Men's −68 kg  Dzitiyev (RUS)
L PTG
Did not advance

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Libya". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Grasso, Mallon & Heijmans 2015, p. lxxv.
  3. ^ Samiuddin, Osman (26 July 2016). "Rio 2016: Boycotts and bans – a look back at countries who pulled out previously". The National. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Kurtz, Howard (28 July 1984). "Libya Announces Team Will Boycott Olympics". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Libya at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Libya at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Taekwondo". Olympic.org. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Libya at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Men's Marathon". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Libya Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Judo in Libya". JudoInside. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Judo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Men's Half-Lightweight". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Tarek Ayad". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Libya Taekwondo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Taekwondo at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Men's Featherweight Round One". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 

References[edit]

  • Grasso, John; Mallon, Bill; Heijmans, Jeroen (2015). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement (5th ed.). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-4859-5.