The Moroccan fighter travelled to Spain without documents.
Rabat – Moroccan taekwondo artist, Anouar Boukharsa who embarked on an undocumented migration journey less than two months ago, is set to play in the 2019 Spanish National Club’s Taekwondo competition. The event is taking place in Alicante, Spain from December 6 to December 8.
On October 23, Boukharsa documented his trip in a video that went viral on social media.
The taekwondo artist won several medals and participated in a number of regional, national, and international competitions representing Morocco. The most prominent title he ever won was the Arab Taekwondo Championship in 2009, in Egypt.
Today, Internet users have been sharing a photo of Boukharsa’s participating card in the Spanish championship.
Boukharsa will now play under the umbrella of Spain after realizing that his future as a fighter in Morocco is uncertain.
The lack of financial and emotional support in addition to deliberate negligence from officials drove Boukharsa to migrate without documents to Spain.
Thanks to his talent, he was able to find a Spanish sports association to join to pursue his Taekwondo career.
The case has triggered a wave of anger among Moroccans who argue that the Moroccan sporting system that does not provide the necessary equipment and material to develop young Morocan talents and propel them into the international arena.
Before Boukharsa, other athletes decided t to seek a better future in Europe. AS Salé and the Atlas Lions’ youth squad, Hicham Kellouch, Atlas Lioness Meriem Bouhid, OC Safi football club player Ali Hababa, petanque champion Hicham Boulassal, among other athletes all left Morocco as undocumented migrants.