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Faye Sultan: Kuwaiti Olympic swimmer

07-12-2012 12:49 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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Later this summer in London we will see a number of pioneering women from the middle east, representing their respective nations for the first time breaking down barriers that have long stood in the predominantly Muslim region.

One of these women is Kuwaiti swimmer Faye Sultan. Sultan has been busy training in Spain as she gets ready to make history at the Summer Olympics.

17-year old Faye Sultan is preparing to dive into the history books this summer as she gets set to become the first Kuwaiti female swimmer to ever participate in the Olympics. The teenager hopes her pioneering participation will open the door for women in the conservative Gulf society.

Faye Sultan said, "I chose swimming because there is a lot opportunity being a woman and I wanted to be the first being able to represent my country."

Sultan began taking swimming lessons at the relatively late age of nine, but then gave up the sport to focus on dancing. However, two years ago she decided to return to the pool and resume intensive training.

That decision...has paid off, as Sultan will compete in the 100m freestyle in London. Heading in, she is keeping her goals realistic.

Faye Sultan said "Hopefully I can improve my time, my own personal record, not come last, definitively I go for my own records. It is amazing for a little girl. I feel so proud be able to have this opportunity, not many people get this opportunity and I am so bless and I loving every minute of it".

For the pioneering Kuwaiti, this may just be the start of her Olympic journey. After London 2012, Sultan is hoping to start university and possibly compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio before retiring...and her coach is optimistic about the future of his young pedigree.

Jose Baltar Leite, coach of Kuwait Swimming Association Coach, said, "Last year she was in the Junior World Championships in Lima, Peru, she is doing well and she has a good future."

The only negative facing Sultan is the current suspension the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee has been handed by the IOC for political interference. If the ban is not lifted, Sultan will march under the FINA flag in London. Despite this, the 17-year old is remaining positive about her upcoming Olympic experience as she gets set to make Kuwaiti Olympic history.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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