From near death to Olympic dreams: Refugee survivor aims to compete in Paris 2024

In a harrowing tale of survival, Eid Aljazairli narrowly escaped drowning as a refugee fleeing war-torn Syria. His journey, filled with despair and uncertainty, led him to a moment where he found himself clinging to a piece of broken wood in the dark, icy waters of the Aegean Sea. The boat he was on had capsized, taking the lives of many passengers, leaving only a handful of survivors, including Eid.

The ordeal left Eid with a deep fear of water, but he refused to let it define him. Determined to conquer his trauma, he turned to swimming as a way to overcome his fears. With dedication and hard work, Eid honed his skills in the pool, eventually becoming a competitive swimmer.

Now, at the age of 30, Eid is on the brink of realizing his dream of competing in the Olympics. He is set to qualify as a swimmer for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team at Paris 2024. His incredible journey from a refugee camp to the Olympic stage is a testament to his resilience and determination.

Despite facing numerous challenges along the way, including homelessness and rejection of his asylum claim, Eid never gave up on his dream. Through perseverance and unwavering commitment, he has transformed his life and is now on the cusp of achieving greatness.

As Eid awaits the final verdict on his Olympic qualification, he remains hopeful and determined to represent not only himself but also his family and his war-torn homeland of Syria. His story is one of courage, hope, and the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Eid’s journey serves as an inspiration to all who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, reminding us that with passion and perseverance, anything is possible.