Syrian rider says Olympic effort for 'all Syrians'

August 4, 2012 19:22


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Syrian show jumper Ahmad Saber Hamcho said on Saturday he was at the London 2012 Olympics to represent "all Syrians".

The 19-year-old, whose father faces sanctions in the United States and the European Union for managing the financial interests of Maher Assad, the brother of Syrian President Bashar Assad, said he would not talk about politics.

"For sure I feel bad - it's my country," the London-based Hamcho, who posted a clear round in the first leg of the individual competition, said of the situation in Syria.

His comments come as reports claim a dozen people opposed to the Syrian government staged a small demonstration in London Saturday to protest his presence at the Olympics.

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