Kenyan paralympic athlete Asiya Mohamed Sururu, 28, who will represent Kenya in Rowing Competition in the Tokyo Paralympics speaks about her predicaments while representing the country in tennis and other sports in this photo taken on November 4, 2020.

| Kevin Odit | Nation Media Group

Asiya Sururu: Kwale athlete beats odds to chase Paralympics dream

What you need to know:

  • From a difficult childhood, horrendous train accident, wheelchair racer turned wheelchair tennis player turned master rower, against all expectations travels to Tunis and secures slot in next year’s Olympic Games
  • After securing the air ticket, Sururu was shocked when she boarded her Emirates Airlines plane for a Tunis flight via Dubai only to meet four regular Kenyan rowers, three men and women on the same aircraft headed for the qualifiers
  • The determined, orphaned girl now wants the government to bring home her boats that she will use to prepare for the Tokyo Games

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune but great minds rise above them,” so said 19th century American writer Washington Irving.


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