Olympics: Hend, 12, youngest Syrian athlete in Tokyo


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Tokyo, July 22 (SocialNews.XYZ) Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza, who is just 12, is set to become the youngest athlete to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.

Hend is also the first Syrian to compete in Olympic table tennis in a qualifying round.


She beat Lebanese player Mariana Sahakian to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Hend has been playing table tennis since the age of five and at six she competed in the World Hopes Week and Challenge event in Doha, Qatar, where she was spotted by an International Tennis Federation official. of table.

According to the BBC, she will be the youngest athlete to compete in the Games since 1968.

The Syrian player deserved her place, having become national champion in all age categories, including senior.

“I started the match because I wanted to be like my brother, who was a national champion,” Hend told the BBC.

“I was watching his videos and told him I wanted to be like him. He encouraged me a lot and said if I worked hard I could accomplish a lot.”

Hend’s first singles match is against Austria’s Liu Jia.

Source: IANS

Olympics: Hend, 12, youngest Syrian athlete in Tokyo

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