First Palestinian weightlifter at Olympics braced to make history

This is the first Palestinian weightlifter to compete in the Olympics

Location: Doha, Qatar

Mohammad Hamada aims to rank among the top ten at the Tokyo Olympics

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WEIGHTLIFTER, MOHAMMAD HAMADA, SAYING:"I will do the impossible and will exert every effort to be distinctive. This is a big event that any athlete hopes to qualify for. It brings me pride to be the first Palestinian weightlifter who qualifies for the Tokyo Games."

Hamada's coach says Palestinian athletes suffer from a lack of well-equipped clubs

and proper training tools

There are also restrictions to entry and exit from Gaza

making it harder for athletes to participate in international contests


"Training is a complicated process and the athlete, being my brother, makes it easier for me to train him. He loves weightlifting and that is what distinguishes Mohammad from others."

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic), HIS FATHER, KHAMEES HAMADA, SAYING: "Mohammad has achieved a dream, a dream we had waited for a long time. Thank God, today I am relieved. I am proud of Mohammad and Hussam now that we have reached Tokyo."

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