Syrian Hend Zaza, the youngest female athlete to participate in the Tokyo Summer Olympics, bid farewell to the table tennis competition, losing to Austrian Jia Liu 0-4 today. The match between Zaza (12 years) and veteran Jia, 39, lasted 24 minutes, ending 4-11, 9-11, 3-11, 5-11 in the preliminary round of the competition.
The unknown Syrian girl, born on January 1, 2009, became the most famous athlete in the country torn by a 10-year war, when she won the West Asian Championship, snatching her qualification for the Olympics. Zaza appeared moved, and after her historic appearance, she said to the International Olympic Committee website, “Reaching the Tokyo Olympics was an achievement in itself. I was not asked to win and learned from losing. I hope to have a role in the next Olympics.”
And she continued, “I achieved something, I think. A 12-year-old girl plays a 39-year-old player and scores 9 or 10 points, this is an achievement.” “Of course, I wanted to win and play more than one match, but I hope so in the next Olympics,” added the player, who carried the Syrian flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. About her preparations in a country torn apart by war, which resulted in the death of 500,000 people, Zaza said, “The conditions in Syria were very difficult, I wished for a better ground. We had no similar tables or preparations. It is good to play and overcome these obstacles. in the midst of war.” Qasioun’s daughter discovered coach Adham Jamaan in 2014. Hind loved to spend time with her family, especially with her brother and first muse, Obeida, who had previously won the Syrian Junior Championships. It promises a stronger comeback in future tournaments.
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