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

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The Syrian child Hend Zaza is the youngest player in the “Tokyo 2020” Olympics, and will participate in the table tennis “pingpong” competition.

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    Hind Zaza

The 12-year-old Syrian girl, Hend Zaza, will become the first Syrian player to participate in the table tennis “pingpong” competition in the history of the Olympic Games, as well as the youngest athlete in the “Tokyo 2020” Olympics, as she will participate in the version that opened today, Friday, in the Japanese capital.

Zaza was born on January 1, 2009, and qualified for the Olympics after winning the final of the West Asian Table Tennis Championship against the 42-year-old Lebanese first-ranked, Mariana Sahakian, with a score of 4-3, thus hijacking the qualification card for the “Tokyo 2020” Olympics to be Youngest participant.

Zhaza is accompanied in the Syria mission by Majd Al-Din Ghazal (high jump), weightlifter Maan Asaad, Ahmed Hamsho (equestrian), swimmer Ayman Kalzieh and Muhammad Maso (triathlon).

The credit for discovering Zaza’s skill and talent goes back to her former coach, Adham Jamaan, in 2014.

That talent paid off after only seven months, when she finished second in the 2015 Syrian Junior Championships at the age of six.

Zaza’s breakthrough was from her second solution, to later dominate the Syrian Championship and the West Asian Championships for the under-12 age groups, before achieving the Syrian Women’s Championship in 2018.

Zaza will play a difficult match in the preliminary round of the women’s singles competition at the Tokyo Olympics, tomorrow, Saturday, against veteran Austrian Liu Jia, 39.





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