Sporting chance for Palestinian Olympians

Sporting chance for Palestinian Olympians

By [Msc student] Lana Asfour and Randa Swift Amman and Ramallah

2 June 2012

After struggling to pursue sport for years because of the impact of the conflict with Israel, Palestinians now have a rare chance to celebrate success.

Maher Abu Rmelleh, a judoist, is the first ever Palestinian sportsman to qualify on points to participate in the Olympic Games.


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Mr Abu Rmelleh, who found out only weeks ago that he will be travelling to London this summer, will join four other Palestinian “solidarity” athletes who have been invited by the International Olympic Committee to compete despite not having the necessary qualifying points.


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