Athens - As a swimming-mad
teenager in Syria, Ibrahim Al-Hussein was glued to his TV set for the 2004
Twelve years later in Athens, disabled
but still loving swimming, the amputee will represent tens of thousands of
displaced people in Greece by carrying the Olympic flame in the Greek leg of
the Rio de Janeiro torch relay.
Al-Hussein says participation in
Tuesday's relay, outside an Athens camp that is home to 1,500 refugees and
other migrants, makes him feel he has "made it" after competing in
sport for two decades.
The 27-year-old freestyle swimmer and
basketball player reached Greece in 2014 and chose to seek asylum in the
financially struggling country.
The Rio flame was lit in Ancient Olympia
last week and will be handed over to Brazilian officials Wednesday.