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Syrian kickboxing has high hopes for Sarah

18 Dec 2017
Homs, Syria, December 18, 2017: Sarah Zalat has given Syria high hopes of a bright future in women’s kickboxing following a promising start to her career. Born in 2004, 13-year-old Sarah has impressed the Syrian sports world with her talent and high level of physical fitness, winning a bronze medal in her first official kickboxing competition.

What’s even more impressive is that kickboxing is not her first sport. She began in taekwondo, earning a red belt (second grading) and ranking fourth in a national competition, before switching to kickboxing and showing her all-round athleticism and strength.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports that Sarah joined a national training camp for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, next year upon the request of her trainer, Jasem Shbeib. This involved 10 days of intensive training from 7am to 10pm, and the hard work paid off when she claimed the bronze medal.

After her outstanding achievement, Sarah expressed her hope that she would participate in international competitions and raise the Syrian flag high despite all challenges and difficulties such as the low number of training camps and local championships.
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