11-year-old Syrian table tennis player, known as Hend Zaza has qualified for Tokyo 2020 and set to become one of the youngest Olympians of all time. Hend Zaza, was born in January 1, 2009, qualified to play in Tokyo 2020 after winning last week’s West Asia Olympic qualification tournament in Jordan.
However, she was reported to be the youngest athlete to compete at this year’s competition, after she defeated Lebanon’s 42 year old Mariana Sahakian 4-3 in the women’s final in Amman.
“Congratulations, our champion Hend would particiate in the Tokyo Olympics 2020,” the Syrian Olympic Committee said on its Facebook page.
Furthermore, Zaza is a few months younger than Sky Brown, the British skateboarder who will turn 12 two weeks before the start of Tokyo 2020.
The youngest Olympic medalist according to records kept by the International Olympic Committee, was Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras.
He won bronze in the team parallel bars at the first modern Games in Athens in 1896, aged 10 years, 218 days.