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[Watch] A Refugee Who Lost His Leg In Syrian War Will Carry The Olympic Torch

Richa Verma

April 24th, 2016

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The story is as simple as it is touching. It is about a Syrian refugee in Greece, Ibrahim Al Hussein. Aged 27 now, Ibrahim was forced to flee Syria when he lost part of his right leg to the war. He sought asylum in Greece and has been staying there since.

Ibrahim has been training for swimming in a former Olympic training complex in Athens and is also a member of a wheelchair basketball team. On 26th April, 2016, he will get to carry the Olympic torch through a refugee camp in Athens, in a symbolic representation of solidarity with the refugees.  

It is symbolic at a personal level, too – Ibrahim has been dreaming about participating in the Olympics for the past 20 years. Becoming one of the torch-bearers will make his dream come true.

In the video, Ibrahim accepts that much of his journey has been tough. However, that does not make him stop! He is an epitome of grit and determination to overcome unfavorable circumstances in order to achieve what one loves.

The Logical Indian team lauds Ibrahim for his courage and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors as an athlete and as a person!

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