Despite being eliminated in the first round of table tennis, Syrian table tennis player Hend Zaza remains the youngest athlete to participate in the Olympic Games since 1968. This is the beginning of a promising and sporting future for the 12 year old.
Neither the history of table tennis nor the Olympic Games were prepared for this! At the age of 12, Syrian sportswoman Hend Zaza became the youngest person to participate in the annual Games since Romanian skater Beatrice Hustiu, who was 11 years old at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games.
“These are my first Games and I will work hard to get a better result next time” the table tennis pro said in a statement from the International Table Tennis Federation.
Hend Zaza first came to prominence at the age of 11 during the Asian qualifiers in Amman, Jordan.
The Syrian entered the first round of the Tokyo tournament on Saturday. But unfortunately, she was eliminated by the more experienced Austrian Liu Jia, 39, in four sets and 24 minutes of play. “I was hoping to win a match but I came up against an experienced opponent. It’s a good lesson for me”.
There is no need to worry about the young Syrian, who still has a bright future ahead of her in the sporting world.