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Syrian refugee named torchbearer in Greek leg of Rio relay

Orient Net - CBC | 2016-04-25 13:54 Damascuss

Syrian refugee named torchbearer in Greek leg of Rio relay
Ibrahim Al-Hussein is a Syrian refugee and a former competitive swimmer and  judo athlete. Ibrahim who had part of a leg amputated after a bombing will be one of the torchbearers for the Greek leg of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic flame relay.
The Greek Olympic committee said that 27-year-old Ibrahim Al-Hussein will carry the torch at an Athens refugee camp hosting 1,500 people next Tuesday — the next-to-last day of the relay in Greece.
Al-Hussein reached Greece on a rubber dinghy in 2014, and has been granted asylum in the country.



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Despite having part of his leg amputated, he trains regularly in swimming pools and plays basketball, in a wheelchair, with an Athens club.
The flame, which was lit at a ceremony in ancient Olympia, will be handed to Brazilian officials.

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