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.