An 11-year-old Syrian desk tennis participant is about to develop into one of many youngest Olympians in historical past.
Hend Zaza, listed with a Jan. 1, 2009 birthdate by the International Table Tennis Federation, certified for the Tokyo Video games by profitable the West Asian Olympic Qualification Event in Jordan final week, according to the federation and Syria’s Olympic Committee.
Desk tennis is likely one of the Olympic sports activities that doesn’t have an age minimal.
Zaza is in line to develop into the fifth-youngest identified Olympic competitor in historical past and the youngest since Romanian determine skater Beatrice Hustiu in 1968, in keeping with Olympedia and the OlyMADMen. The youngest documented Olympic competitor was Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras on the first fashionable Video games in Athens in 1896.
Zaza is youthful than Sky Brown, the 11-year-old British skateboarder who took bronze ultimately summer time’s world championships. Brown, anticipated to qualify for the British workforce, turns 12 two weeks earlier than the Tokyo Opening Ceremony.
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