Somali Olympic Committee selects 2 runners for London Games

July 08, 2012

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The Somali National Olympic Committee announced on Saturday (July 7th) the selection of a female and a male athlete to compete in the London Olympics.

  • Zamzam Mahmuud Farah (right) trains for the London Olympics with fellow women runners at Konis Stadium in Mogadishu. [Mahmoud Mohamed/Sabahi]

    Zamzam Mahmuud Farah (right) trains for the London Olympics with fellow women runners at Konis Stadium in Mogadishu. [Mahmoud Mohamed/Sabahi]

Zamzam Mahmuud Farah and Mohamed Hassan Mohamed are both runners, and will compete under the Somali flag through provisions in Olympic regulations that allow countries who do not qualify for any events to send two athletes.

"These athletes -- through sheer grit, courage, mental toughness and hard work -- have earned the right to wave our nation's flag," said coach Ahmed Ali Abukar, who will accompany them to London with former national basketball team coach Omar Abdulqadir Barajab.

Barajab was selected as Somalia's head of mission for the London Olympics after a suicide attack in April killed Somali National Olympic Committee chairman Aden Haji Yabarow Wiish.

Conditions for athletes have improved in Mogadishu since the departure of al-Shabaab last year, when training involved risks to their safety, but a lack of proper facilities and nutrition still hinders their progress, Somalia's RBC Radio reported.

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