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Egyptian to fight lion to attract tourism



Al-Sayed al-Essawy

By MOHAMMED SALEH - Translated by SAMAR SAMIR

DAQAHLYIA, Egypt: In an unusual move to revive Egyptian tourism, a young Egyptian man has announced he will fight an African lion.

Al-Sayed al-Essawy said he bought the lion, which weighs 280 kilograms (617lb), for 25,000 EGP (U.S. $4,200).

Al-Essawy, who lives in Daqahlyia governorate, has finished the iron cage and said he will train with the lion and will be prepared mentally to face the lion. He said this mental preparation takes more than five hours.

Al-Essawy said he will use an iron shield and dagger to defend himself but will kill the lion with his own hands.

The match will be held on June 25. Al-Essawy asked the Ministry of Interior to agree to hold the event in front of the Giza Pyramids. He wants it to be an international event aiming to attract tourism, and to show the world that Egyptians are the strongest soldiers on earth.

He said he is 100 percent sure that his adventure will succeed. After his success, he intends to shoot a movie about supernatural activities.

El-Essawy says he can jump from the tenth floor of a building and eats woods and rivets. He also can drag cars by his teeth and fixes hooks in his skin to drag trucks.

Egyptian tourism, a critical part of the Egyptian economy, has declined dramatically in the wake of Egypt’s January 25 Revolution which toppled its thirty-year dictator from power.


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