I wondered whether I ashould assign this post to the category ‘Noteworthy Algerians‘, but decided not to because, even though obtaining a Gold medal at the Olympics is certainly a noteworthy achievement, most Algerian athletes and sportspeople are not noteworthy in that they do not have a sustained output. Take Hassiba Boulmerqa or Noureddine Morceli for example. What have they achieved since winning a Gold medal in the 1500 m in 1992 (Barcelona Olympics) and 1996 (Atlanta Olympics) respectively?
Going back to the topic of this post, for those who are interested in sport, Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi has won a gold medal in the men’s 1500 m race last Tuesday. There have been insinuations in the press that he has cheated by faking injury in the 800 m and then going on to win just 24 hours later the 1500 m race. As to Makhloufi, this is simply accounted for by the will of God. Fair enough.
Congratulations to Makhloufi and Algeria. We are starting to have a bit of a tradition in the 1500 m races as this is the third Algerian to have won a gold in this competition after Boulmarqa and Morceli. Long may it last! When will we win the World Cup though? This is the million-dollar question. I am convinced it will transform Algeria for the better and for good.