A Syrian swimmer with one leg..from the boats of asylum to the Tokyo Olympics

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Athens (AFP) – 08/06/2021 . 02:13

From asylum boats to the Olympics

Asylum forced Syrian swimmer Ibrahim Al-Hussein to train aggressively so that he could qualify for participation in the Tokyo Olympics The next, as “nothing is impossible” in the eyes of this young man whose leg was amputated as a result of being bombed in SyriaAbout five years ago, he carried the flag of the first Paralympic refugee team in the history of the Olympic Games.

Ibrahim left Syria, seeking asylum in Turkey and then Greece. Despite his disability, Ibrahim, who learned to swim at the age of five, was not afraid of the dangers of crossing by sea from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Samos by boat.

Soon Ibrahim began to achieve victories in the national competitions for disabled sports and drew the attention of the Greek Olympic Committee.

The International Paralympic Committee offered him to join the first refugee team in the history of the Olympic Games, and he became the flag bearer of this team at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

A Syrian swimmer with one leg..from the boats of asylum to the Tokyo Olympics
Medals on the wall of the apartment of the Syrian swimmer Ibrahim Al-Hussein. AFP
A Syrian swimmer with one leg..from the boats of asylum to the Tokyo Olympics
Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al-Hussein takes part in a training session at the Olympic Aquatics Center in Athens. AFP
A Syrian swimmer with one leg..from the boats of asylum to the Tokyo Olympics
The Syrian swimmer is doing training exercises. AFP
A Syrian swimmer with one leg..from the boats of asylum to the Tokyo Olympics
With one leg, Syrian refugee swimmer Ibrahim is doing some exercises. AFP
A Syrian swimmer with one leg..from the boats of asylum to the Tokyo Olympics
Olympic swimmer Al-Hussein dives into the swimming pool. AFP
A Syrian swimmer with one leg..from the boats of asylum to the Tokyo Olympics
Syrian swimmer Ibrahim Al-Hussein prepares to jump into a swimming pool as part of a workout at the Olympic Center in Athens. AFP
A Syrian swimmer with one leg..from the boats of asylum to the Tokyo Olympics
Leap for the Syrian swimmer in the pool. AFP






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