Egypt hosts the first edition of IGFA Red Sea Championship.
The tournament is organized by the Egyptian Federation for Fishing Sports headed by Eng. Mohamed El-kaddah, and will be held for the first time in the Middle East in El Gouna, under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and in cooperation with the Red Sea Anglers Association headed by Ahmed Metkis from 14 to 17 February.
14 teams from 7 countries (Italy, Switzerland, Lebanon, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Egypt) will participate in the tournament. 8 teams are participating from Egypt, namely Egypt's first fishing team, Capitano team, El Gouna A team, El Gouna Big game, Al Arabi team, Makadi Heights team, shooting club and greek team.
The tournament is one of the strongest international tournaments affiliated with the IGFA, and qualifies for the World Fishing Championship in Costa Rica 2025.
Mohamed El-kaddah, President of the Egyptian and African Federation for Fishing Sports and a member of the International Federation, said that Egypt is one of the most important countries in the field of fishing and is working to stimulate marine tourism and encourage the preservation of the marine environment and fish wealth.
He added: "All the fishing rules of IGFA International Game Fish Association, which allow the team to weigh only a maximum of two fish for each species on each day of the tournament, and the catch & release rule is applied, which means releasing the fish back into the water after measuring their length in order to preserve the marine environment.
The opening of the tournament will be attended by Massimo Brunea, President of the Mediterranean Fishing Region, Andres Stefanos, President of the South African Fishing Federation, and Thamer Habes, Director General of the Saudi Aquatic Sports and Diving Federation.