BBC Extra: Syria’s Hend Zaza is the youngest athlete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics


In the BBC Extra’s coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, we will introduce you every week to a number of Arab athletes participating in this year’s competitions.

We start today with the youngest of them all, but she is the youngest of all the participants: the 12-year-old Syrian table tennis player Hind Zaza.

Hind booked a ticket to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo after she won first place in the West Asian Games in Jordan, defeating her Lebanese competitor, who was more than thirty years her senior.

Thus, Hind Zaza will be the first and youngest female table tennis player in Syria to qualify for the Olympic Games, and the youngest participant in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

During one of her training sessions at Al-Fayhaa Sports Hall in Damascus, BBC Extra Nagham Qudsia correspondent met her, and they talked about her passion for table tennis, her goal in the Tokyo Olympics, and how she was able to qualify for this global event.

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