Moroccan athletes do bring in the gold, but not for Morocco. It goes to tell you that Moroccan athletes have the potential to achieve internationally competitive results if only they were surrounded by competent and professional cadres. Rachid Ramzi left Morocco in 2002 disenchanted by the unprofessional and sardonic treatment of the Fédération Royale Marocaine d’Athlétisme (FRMA). Bahrain recognized a good investment and is maximizing on it. Many other Moroccan athletes, who were less fortunate than Ramzi, simply gave up their dream to achieve international renown because of the incompetence of FRMA leadership and staff. What about Said Aouita and Hicham El Gerrouj you might ask; a sad record for FRMA to have formed only two world class athletes in over two decades. Mark my word; after the Olympic Games, many more Moroccan athletes will double-time into warmer foreign embraces.
Ahmed T. B. Copyright © 2008