IOC Refugee Olympic Team
TeamIOC Refugee Olympic Team
Games Participations1
First Olympic GamesTokyo 2020
Year of Birth1987
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Wael is from Damascus in Syria, where he used to work in a textile factory and as a karate coach. In 2015, due to religious conflicts in his city and because he would have been drafted by the army to fight, he had to flee to Europe to protect himself.

He made it to Turkey on a rubber dinghy and then went on to Greece. Taking the Balkan road, he even rode a bike to the Serbian border through Macedonia. In the end, he made it to Germany, where he now lives and trains, aiming for Tokyo 2020, where karate will be staged at the Olympic Games for the first time.

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