Syrian refugee carries Olympic torch

Syrian refugee carries Olympic torch

Syrian refugee carries Olympic torch

Written by Tharushan Fernando

27 Apr, 2016 | 12:03 pm

Ibrahim al-Hussein, a Syrian refugee carried the Olympic flame through an Athens refugee camp.

The 27-year-old electrician used to swim and do judo competitively in Syria before losing part of his leg in a bombing.

Mr al-Hussein now has a prosthetic leg, works in an Athens cafe and plays wheelchair basketball.

He can swim 50m (yards) in 28 seconds, three seconds off his personal best before the injury, and will compete in the Greek disabled swimming championship in June.

In the wake of the impending and much existent refugee crisis engulfing Europe, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said a team of up to 10 refugees will take part at the Rio Olympics

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