12-year-old Syrian girl makes history as youngest athlete at Tokyo Olympics

Supremely talented young people are emerging nowadays as the Olympic event becomes a stage for them.

A 12-year-old prodigy Hend Zaza prepares to make her Olympics debut. Syrian Hend Zaza is the youngest athlete in Tokyo Olympics.

The Syrian table tennis star booked her ticket to the Olympics back in February 2020, as she defeated 42-year-old Mariana Sahakian of Lebanon in the Asian qualification stages.

She is the first Syrian table tennis player to win national titles at all levels, and she now looks ahead to competing in Tokyo this summer.

The life of Syrian children was not so smooth as their childhood has been marked by the Syrian civil war. She spent her childhood with the key aim to be the best sports player and always had sports in her blood.

She started playing tennis when she was five years old. Her amazing skills mean she will be the youngest Olympian since 1968.

“It is a gift for my country, my parents and all my friends.I started the game because I wanted to be like my brother, who was a national champion. He encouraged me a lot and said if we work hard everything is possible,” said Zaza.

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Constant power cuts during her match have caused a number of her training sessions to be postponed. It was because they take place indoors in a room with four run-down tables and a rickety floor. These unfavorable conditions have not diminished her unstoppable desire to be an Olympic medal-winning table tennis player.

Zaza’s dedication has now taken her all the way to the Olympics.

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