Hend Zaza, table tennis prodigy, gets into Olympics at 11 years old

Hend Zaza, table tennis prodigy, gets into Olympics at 11 years old

Table tennis prodigy Hend Zaza is headed for the Olympic Games, despite being at the tender age of just 11.

The Syrian table tennis player will also break new ground in becoming the first Syrian — male or female — to ever compete at an Olympic table tennis event. It’s an incredible first for the new star, who is ranked 155th in the International Table Tennis Federation rankings.

Born on Jan. 1, 2009, Zaza is in line to be the fifth-youngest competitor in history, and the youngest since Romanian figure skater Beatrice Hustiu in 1968.

Zaza won’t be the only youngster at the games with British skateboarder Sky Brown, who was born in July 2008, set to be 12 when the games start in Japan July 24.

Talk about overachievers.

Zaza won her way into the Olympics after beating 42-year-old Lebanese player Mariana Sahakian 4-3 in the women’s singles event to win the West Africa Olympic Table Tennis Qualification Tournament in Jordan.

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The only issue that could stand in Zaza’s way is coronavirus forcing the Games to be cancelled.

As the spread of the virus continues around the world, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers have come out strongly to say the Olympics will still take place.

IOC president Thomas Bach has insisted the event will go ahead as planned.

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