A. Mahmoud, a badminton player from the Netherlands, was born in Syria on July 15.
The brilliant shuttler has fled Syria’s civil conflict and lack of economic opportunity in order to rehabilitate his game and compete in the Olympics.
Mahmoud was unable to compete internationally from 2015-2018 due to his situation and legal status.
But his progress up the rankings since then demonstrates his determination to make an impact in the sport.
He will be the first badminton player to compete in the Olympics as part of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Refugee Olympic Team at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
A. Mahmoud Biography
Badminton player Aram had to leave war-torn Syria because he was no longer in danger at school or during practise.
His sister and he used to play doubles together for the Syrian national team, and they won silver at the Bahrain International Tournament for Under-19 players.
After moving to the Netherlands to study at the Johan Cruyff Institute and pursue his badminton dreams, Aram has already advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2022 Luxembourg Open.
He feels extremely fortunate to have found his current club in Almere, which has enabled him to adapt to his new environment, make new friends, and resume playing sports.
Aram participated in the men’s singles competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
His parents and one of his sisters eventually made their way to the Netherlands to join him in 2022. Moreover, he became a naturalised Dutch citizen.
A. Mahmoud Makes the Cut for Tokyo 2020
A. Mahmoud, a badminton player from Syria, is one of the 29 athletes chosen for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team. They will compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The competitors on the squad are all recipients of Olympic Scholarships for Refugee Athletes, a programme run by the IOC.
Mahmoud is the first badminton player to ever be selected for the IOC Refugee Team to compete at the Olympics.
Mahmoud, now 23, moved to the Netherlands from Syria in 2015 due to civil upheaval in his home country; he has been playing under the Dutch flag since April 2018.
The BWF has officially acknowledged Mahmoud’s eligibility for the tournament.
Since the IOC has its own quota for this spot, his inclusion would not affect the chances of the other qualified athletes who will compete in Tokyo 2020.
IOC President Thomas Bach formally announced the 29-person IOC Refugee Olympic Team’s participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in a virtual ceremony held today.
When you’re a young athlete, you can’t help but think about the Olympics.
The men’s badminton final between China’s Lin Dan and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei was the first Olympic event I ever saw, and it was held in Beijing in 2008.
It was my desire to one day compete in the Olympics, and I hoped that I could get there from there.
To have the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announce my selection and participation and thus my eventual trip to Tokyo was one of the greatest experiences of my life.