Why did Egypt fail at Olympics, Mubarak asks

Says those responsible must be held accountable


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday demanded to know why his country's athletes failed to win more than a single bronze medal at the Olympics in China, the official MENA agency reported.

The 80-year-old ruler "ordered the formation of a fact-finding committee to assess the bad performance of the Egyptian mission to the Beijing Olympic Games that wrapped up on Sunday," MENA reported.

"The committee will be in charge of determining who is responsible for the Egyptian mission's bad performance and calling them into account.

"Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif decided to form the committee led by Minister of State for Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Mufid Shehab, to compare the results of the team's performance with its targeted goals," MENA said.

Egypt sent a 177-strong delegation to Beijing, but only judoka Hesham Mesbah won a medal for his country, coming away with a bronze.