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People Are Awesome: Scarf Selling Judo Champ Is Palestine's First Olympian

by Zachary Slobig

June 28, 2012
"I will try my best with all the strength I have to go and win something," Abu Rmeileh told AFP. "I am not going for the honour but to win in the name of Palestine. I hope we'll have a free Palestinian state like any other country so we can bring coaches and specialists from abroad to achieve more in sports." As a trailblazer, Rmeileh says he's aware of the expectations of his countrymen. In the video above from our friends at Al-Monitor, you'll see another shopkeeper tell him not to come home without a gold. So, you know, no pressure.

Other Palestinians have participated in the Olympic Games as part of an honorary invitation to developing nations that fail to meet the qualifying standards, but Abu Rmeileh made history by meeting the standards applied to any other Olympic hopeful.

We're looking forward to watching Abu Rmeileh bust out his best "mountain storm" and "scoop throw" next month. 

Photo (cc) Flickr user joncandy

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People Are Awesome: Scarf Selling Judo Champ Is Palestine's First Olympian