The number of Syrian refugees participating in the Olympic Refugee Team in Tokyo 2020 exceeds the number of the Syrian national team

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The Syrian refugees received the lion’s share of the Olympic refugee team participating in the “Tokyo 2020” Olympic Games, which will be held from July 23 to August 8, 20221.

The Olympic Refugee Team’s final list included 29 male and female athletes from 11 countries, who were selected by the Board of Directors of the International Olympic Committee from 55 athletes who benefited from the refugee athlete scholarship provided by the International Olympic Committee.

Of the 29 lucky winners, nine come from Syria, five from Iran, four from South Sudan, three from Afghanistan, two from Eritrea, as well as one refugee from Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Sudan and Venezuela. They participate in 12 sports.

Here are the names of the Syrian refugees who will represent the Olympic Refugee Team at the Tokyo 2020 International Olympics:

Ahmed Badreddin Wais (Syria) – cycling (on the road for men)

Ahmed Alikaj – Judo (Men’s Mixed Teams)

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Alaa Masso – Swimming (Men’s 50m Freestyle)

Aram Mahmoud – Badminton (Men’s Singles)

Mona Duhok – Judo (women’s mixed teams)

Sanda Das – Judo (women’s mixed teams)

Wael Shoaib – Karate (Kata for men)

Wesam Salamana – Boxing (men under 57 kg)

Yousra Mardini (Syria) – swimming (women’s 100m butterfly).

Yusra Mardini previously represented the Olympic Refugee Team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

While the Syrian national team will only represent 6 athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, including 12-year-old table tennis player Hend Zaza, the youngest participant in the 32nd edition of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, in addition to:

Majd El Din Ghazal – (High Jump)

Maen Asaad Weightlifting (Top 109)

Ahmed Hamsho – Equestrian Sports

Ayman Kalzieh – swimming (200m butterfly)

Mohamed Masso – chandeliers

Source: agencies

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