Ambitious karate girls Nour lived under siege and now seeks to become international champion

تحرير حسن برهان | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 31 مارس، 2018 9:35:35 ص خبر اجتماعي رياضة

Aleppo - SMART

When Nour was living under siege with her family in eastern Aleppo, her only dream was to eat an apple or a strawberry. Now, Nour dreams of becoming an international karate champion. Nour Satout is a 7-year-old ambitious girl who continue to pursue her dream even after the Syrian government forces occupied her house and displaced her family to the western Aleppo countryside.

SMART interviewed Nour, who said that she is fond of karate, adding, "My father trains me and I look forward to become a world karate champion for Syria."

Nour expressed her wish to leave Syria in order to fulfill her dream, saying, "I am a child and I love karate. We left our home in Aleppo due to bombings. I will love Syria forever."

Wasim, Nour’s father, is a black belt karate coach. He says that his dream as the Syrian revolution broke out was to establish an athletic generation far from oppression and nepotism. Wasim worked in small sport centers to establish an athletic generation, and graduated champions to compete in the world championships. Wasim added, "My hope grew when I saw Nour doing karate movements at age three."

Wasim said that Nour’s mother is also a karate coach and together they train Nour. Wasim noted, "We are not forcing Nour to do karate; she loves it!"

Wasim added that Nour has mastered several karate moves and participated in performances. He bought her a karate suit at one point, and her dream started to grow. Nour has already won prizes from schools and organizations concerned with children and sports.

Wasim narrated an incident with Nour during the siege of Aleppo that touched him: "When we were besieged in the Eastern Aleppo neighborhoods, Nour asked me to bring her apples and strawberries because the last time she had fruit was months before. There were neither apples nor strawberries in the markets due to the siege, so I brought Nour a radish on which I wrote "strawberry". When we evacuated to the Aleppo countryside and survived the siege, the first thing Nour asked for was an apple. She also asked me not to bring a radish again."

Wasim said that Nour held on to her karate trophies and certificates that she won during the siege. Wasim noted, "We were unable to bring our clothes from Aleppo, but Nour held on to her trophies, because they make her feel happy."

Nour’s family had difficulties finding suitable housing when they arrived in the western Aleppo countryside, and ended up in a rented apartment. Nour went on training in the apartment and nearby fields, and her only concern was to qualify for the world championship and raise the flag of the Syrian revolution.

Wasim noted that children in the areas outside Syrian government control suffer from the lack of security and stability due to government bombings. Wasim calls upon those children to strive towards excellence in the activities they love, in order to deliver the message that Syrians are capable of success despite oppression. Wasim expressed hope to see his daughter fulfill her dream.

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تحرير حسن برهان | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 31 مارس، 2018 9:35:35 ص خبر اجتماعي رياضة
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