Abraham Majok is one of the four athletes from South Sudan training for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games but his motivation goes far beyond merely winning the medal.
The 20-year-old Majok who will compete in Men’s 1,500 meters sprint says that he wants to use his Olympics victory to convey a message of peace and harmony to his homeland.
Majok is currently training in the Japanese city of Maebashi along with his fellow compatriots as the team gets ready for Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games in Tokyo later this year.
Other members of the South Sudanese squad include hurdles runner Akoon Akoon, 100m female sprinter Lucia Moris, Paralympian 100m sprinter Michael Machiek and coach Joseph Omirok.
The athletes are training in Japan under a special initiative launched by the Maebashi city administration as they lacked the proper training infrastructure in their home country.
South Sudan is among the world’s poorest countries and has been embroiled in several conflicts including a deadly civil war since 2007 that has killed more than 400,000 people according to conservative estimates.
However, the athletes remain upbeat and confident of their performance in the Olympics thanks to the world-class training they are getting. They are hoping to bring the same message of peace and hope to their own country after the games.
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