Syria’s Hind Zaza, the youngest player in the Tokyo Olympics, bids him farewell in tears after the defeat by a player 27 years her senior.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–Syrian Hend Zaza, the youngest player in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, cried after her defeat in the opening round of the women’s singles table tennis competitions.

Hind, who is 12 years and 204 days old, played Austrian Liu Jia, 39, who is participating in the sixth Olympic competition in her history.

On Saturday, Hind lost in straight sets (4-11, 9-11, 3-11, 5-11).

Hind Zaza
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After winning the match, the Austrian player embraced Hind, went to her seat, put her hand on her head and smiled at her consolingly, according to video footage.

Tokyo Olympics..Austrian player consoles Syrian Hind Zaza after her defeat

Hind is the youngest table tennis player ever to compete in the Olympics, according to the Tokyo Olympics.

Hind has been playing table tennis for 7 years in her city of Hama, which was affected by the civil war that began in 2011.

ESPN Sports commented on Hind’s loss, saying that her arrival at the Olympics is an achievement in itself, as she comes from a country that has suffered from war, with the difficulty of finding a safe place to train. In addition to what her coach said in press statements that she was training on old tables.

The night before her match, Hind Zaza presented the Syrian delegation carrying the flag of her country at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Hind Zaza carrying the Syrian flag with Ahmed Saber Hamsho during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 2020
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