Lebanese women trapshooting champion speaks about her achievements

"My name is Ray Bassil. I'm 29 years old from Lebanon. I represent Lebanon in all international competitions in trapshooting. And today I'm getting ready for the next Olympics Tokyo 2020.

Since I was a child, I always wanted to be a champion. I come from an athletic family, my mom and dad were also champions in volleyball. And my father is a Lebanese champion in shooting.

Trapshooting or any kind of shooting is considered to be sports for men. And it's true I had some issues when I started my career where everyone started to say that "oh, Ray is a girl and she holds a gun and it's a mannish sport." So this was a challenge for me to prove to all the people that shooting is a lovely sport, and it's a very feminine sport, and it's equal for men an women.

To improve gender equality in Lebanon is to empower women to be more introduced to sports, to all kind of sports that are considered to be mannish sports. I tried at the first time and I faced a lot of problems, considering that shooting is made only for male. But at the end of the day, I showed and I proved that what I got today for Lebanon are more than 20 medals, more than men."

Last Update: Thursday, 8 March 2018 KSA 17:12 - GMT 14:12

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