ALDASS Sanda

26 Jun 1990
31
Female
Olympic Scholarship
 
Syrian Arab Republic
ALMERE
 
Netherlands

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
JUD Judo Women -57 kg 17
Mixed Team 9

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Followed by
Nippon Budokan Judo Mat 1
EOR
ALDASS SALDASS Sanda
0s1
SRB
PERISIC MPERISIC Marica
10
IPP
Finished
Nippon Budokan Judo Mat 1
GER
Germany
4
EOR
Refugee Olympic Team
0
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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World Championships
YearLocation-57 kgTeam X
2021Budapest, HUN339
2019Tokyo, JPN-9

Grand Slam - Tally of rank achieved per season and event since 2017
YearEvent1st2nd3rd5th7th9th16th17th30th-33rd
2020-57 kg--------2x

Grand Prix - Tally of rank achieved per season and event since 2017
YearEvent1st2nd3rd5th7th8th9th10th15th-33rd
2019-57 kg--------1x

Grand Slam, Grand Prix & World Cup - Ten best performances since 2017
RankYearEventCompetitionLocation
172019-57 kgGrand PrixBudapest, HUN
332020-57 kgGrand SlamDusseldorf, GER
332020-57 kgGrand SlamParis, FRA
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Spending time with her family. (Refugee Olympic Team Facebook page, 01 Mar 2021)
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Athlete
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Husband Fadi Darwish, three children
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Arabic, English
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Fadi Darwish [husband], SYR
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Her husband Fadi Darwish has represented the Syrian Arab Republic in judo and wrestling. He competed in judo at the Asian Games in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and in sambo wrestling at the 2012 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. He has also worked as a coach with the International Judo Federation [IJF] Refugee Team. (olympics.com, 01 Mar 2021; insidethegames.biz, 11 Jun 2021; Fadi Darwish Instagram profile, 23 Jun 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jun 2021)
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She has represented the Syrian Arab Republic in kurash, and won a bronze medal in the -57kg category at the world championships in 2009. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jun 2021)
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She began judo at age seven. (olympics.com, 06 Jun 2021)
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When she was at basketball training she heard noises from inside the gym, so she went to look and discovered that it was people practising judo. She went home and asked her mother if she could take up judo and her mother agreed. (flamebearerspodcast.com, 17 Aug 2020)
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To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympics.com, 06 Jun 2021; Eurosport Facebook page, 21 Nov 2019)
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She trains twice a day. (olympics.com, 06 Jun 2021)
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Her husband Fadi Darwish. (flamebearerspodcast.com, 17 Aug 2020)
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"To be positive and always to do your best as long as you can." (Refugee Olympic Team Facebook page, 01 Mar 2021)

General Interest

General
FROM SYRIA TO THE NETHERLANDS
She left Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, in 2015 to flee the Syrian civil war. She went to the Netherlands while her husband and young son stayed in the Syrian Arab Republic, and she then spent nine months in a refugee camp, separated from her family for six of those months. "We went through terrible times, a lot of dear people died without a reason to die. We're just good people like everyone. We just had bad times and we are trying our best to begin in life from zero, and we have to build everything up again, and we're proud about it because not everyone got this chance to live or start all over again. I'm happy to tell people I am a refugee. Running around and doing some exercises filled up my time [in the refugee camp] and also kept me in good mental health, I knew eventually they [her family] would come and that we would have a good place to live in." (olympics.com, 01 Mar 2021, 06 Jun 2021; flamebearerspodcast.com, 17 Aug 2020; 31mag.nl, 10 Jun 2020; stillmedab.olympic.org, 01 Feb 2021)

REFUGEE OLYMPIC TEAM
In 2019 the International Judo Federation [IJF] invited her and her husband to join the IJF's refugee athlete programme. "We didn't have that much support here [the Netherlands] in 2018. We tried to start our sport here, but we couldn't get that much help or support until 2019. The competition manager from the International [Judo] Federation got in contact with my coach and she told him that we can join the International [Judo] Federation's support programme - this is how we started it. This situation also changed my life because it gave me a possibility to be myself. I cannot participate for my country [at the 2020 Olympic Games]. I also cannot participate for the Netherlands. I'm so glad that the IOC [International Olympic Committee] and the International [Judo] Federation have solved this problem, because now we can play for the [IOC] Refugee Olympic Team itself and to follow our dreams. I'm so honoured and so glad that I'm representing the refugees all over the world. You cannot stop [just] because we don't have a country to represent at the Olympics." (olympics.com, 01 Mar 2021, 06 Jun 2021; flamebearerspodcast.com, 17 Aug 2020; 31mag.nl, 10 Jun 2020; stillmedab.olympic.org, 01 Feb 2021)

MOTHERHOOD
She gave birth to two of her three children after moving from the Syrian Arab Republic to the Netherlands. "It's so hard to be a sportswoman and mother and to do your duties during the day. My kids are like, 'Mum, you have to go to the Olympics'. The goal for the whole family is reaching the Olympics." (olympics.com, 01 Mar 2021; Eurosport Facebook page, 21 Nov 2019)

Legend
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
IPP:
Ippon
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