A worthy honour to one of Egypt’s most prized record-holding Olympian athletes.
In a fitting show of appreciation for one of Egypt’s finest athletes, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has officially opened the Farida Osman Swimming Complex in Zamalek, as part of the Gezira Youth Centre this past Saturday, with an immensely proud Osman cutting the ribbon alongside Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz.
Starting in august of 2017, construction of the swimming complex cost roughly 20 million EGP of the Youth Club’s revenue. The facility where the complex was built had previously been intended for water polo, albeit with a markedly low turnout, prompting the Ministry to conceptualize the idea; which just so happened to coincide with Osman’s winning of Egypt’s first-ever world championship bronze swimming medal in the 50 butterfly at the 2017 FINA World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. The complex will hopefully serve as a hub for all would-be swimming aficionados as well as athletes-in-training of all ages and backgrounds.
Though only 23 years of age, Farida Hisham Osman has been swimming since she was but 5 years-old, primarily at the Gezira Sporting Club; a passion she poured her heart and soul into for years to come. Having a knack for butterfly and freestyle swimming, she’s gone on to receive an impressive amount of accolades; winning a gold medal in the 50m backstroke with a time of 31.04 seconds as well as the silver medal in the 100m butterfly at one minute and 3 seconds at the 8th Junior African Championship in Mauritius, as well as achieving an African Record by finishing 12th in the 100 fly at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, just to name a couple events.
Photo from The Daily Californian.