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Somalia athletes in Olympic medal hunt despite odds

07-10-2012 12:41 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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At least one Olympic team can already claim victory before even arriving in London. Somalia's athletes have already overcome several hurdles to take part, showing that the spirit of the Games is more about participation rather than podium finishes.

Training in a challenging environment and modest facilities, Somali athletes are strong-willed. Mindful of the Journey ahead and the tough competition that awaits them in London, and back at home they are at pains overcoming apathy. Team Somalia, for the upcoming London Olympics; two ladies and two gentlemen compete for the two wild-cards for the Olympics in London. They have been rigorously training at the Konis Stadium that has been ravaged by the years of war and shelling.

Ahmed Abikar, Somalia Athletics coach, said, “Succeeding is not only finishing first or second, success is as well attaining the status of having participated in the Olympics, that feeling of belonging to the athletics community. However, I am hopeful that we can be among the best"

This ladies and gentlemen have been training the last six months, the first four months being preparatory and the last two months was some sort of qualifiers’ competition among themselves.

Zamzam Mohammed, Somalia athlete, said, “We are doing good, we have been training so well the last 6 months. The Olympic Committee has been facilitating all our our needs. We are hopeful that we will perform well."

Sports in Somalia got a big blow when Somalia sports leaders got killed in the deadly theatre blast two months ago. The Somalia Sports federation has however remained resilient and even organised for sporting events to honour the Sports heroes.

Training hard in a harsh environment and a modest stadium, Somali athletes have come against all odds to prepare for the London Olympics. For them success is not winning a medal, rather having their country represented in an international forum.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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