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Lebanon player's road to Asian Games

11-23-2010 15:47 BJT Special Report:Guangzhou Asian Games |

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A 33-year-old wrestler from Lebanon has made his debut at the Asian Games - but it lasted less than ten minutes. But his journey to the Asian Games has fascinated CCTV and we take a closer at how he got to Guangzhou.

After two years of intensive training, Ali Awarke from Lebanon was given the chance to compete in the men's Greco-Roman 84 kg's wrestling competition.

Ali's opponent in his debut at the Asian Games, was India's Manoj Kumar.

Ali is a doctor by profession, and practiced amateur wrestling for 12 years. He has trained and payed for everything himself to get to the Asian Games. His dreams came true when he finally got the chance to represent his country in guangzhou.

Lebanon Wrestling Athlete Ali Awarke, said, "Sport is a very good thing, not only for competitions...for my body...it's good to play sport."

There are only two athletes from Lebanon, and Ali and his team mate help each other relax when they're not training.

The referee from Iraq, Jamal Alobaidi expressed concern over the difficult training environment for Lebanon's athletes.

Referee Jamal Alobaidi said, "The Lebanon athletes' training are too difficult. We all love the wrestling sport, and I really would like to give them some advices if needed, because they need the support from us."

To improve his skills, Ali went to Russia to learn more about wrestling. It cost him 3000 US dollars. But he can't afford to do this every year.

There are only 10 - 15 people in Lebanon who practice wrestling. They are all mutually supportive towards one another's training goals and ambitions.

Although Ali fought hard at this Asian Games, he still lost, 0-3.

"Sport is winning and losing. If you lose one game, it's not necessary to critise the game. You should practice more to win next time." Ali Awarke said.

Less than ten minutes, Ali finished his first Asian Games trip, but what never ends is his love to wrestling.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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