Kenya will host the African Senior Weightlifting Championships from 24 to 31 May 2021. Algeria is represented by 15 weightlifters (10 men and 5 women), for places on the podium of a competition in which is announced a participation of 98 athletes including 36 women, distributed among 15 countries. Five Algerian weightlifters will make their entry on Thursday.
Fifth at the 2019 All-African Games in the women’s category, Fatma Zohra Laghouati will open the ball in the 59 kg category where she will have at her side six other competitors for the continental title. The Algerian will face the Nigerian Lawal Rafiatu Folashade, Spies Anneke (South Africa) and Rakotoharisoa Angeline Nera Sarah (Madagascar).
Four Algerians will make their entry on Thursday. They are Abderraouf Chettioui (55 kg), Aomar Fenni (61 kg), Adel Lahcène (67 kg), Nafaâ Sariak (73 kg), who will not have an easy task in front of the best weightlifters of the continent such as the Malagasy, Andriantsitohaina Eric Herman, Andriamahefa Anthonio, the Tunisian Amine Bouhijba and the Nigerian, Appah Emmanuel Inemo.
This competition in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, marks the last stage of qualification for African athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games (23 July-8 August 2021). If for most of the Algerian weightlifters the stake of these African Championships will be the African title, Walid Bidani (+109 kg), considered as one of the best in the world, will have the mission to definitively ensure his qualification for the Japanese event.