It is the extraordinary moments that enable us to bring about change, to stand up for something we believe in, and to trust in life.
Story of a fighter.
Mohamad Maso has used one of these special moments for himself. The Syrian-born triathlete found refuge in Germany after months of uncertainty and an undignified life in war-torn cities. "The war destroyed everything I built in 22 years. It made me start from scratch again. I'm doing my best and working as hard as I can," says the former student from Aleppo.
So what drives us to go out there day after day? For most of us, it's the passion to test your limits and have new experiences. For Mohamad and many other athletes around the world, it is also something much bigger that drives them -- hope. It's the irrepressible belief that if you work hard enough, you can achieve your goals.
Mohamad trains in Germany and the Netherlands, and regularly takes part in the national Triathlon leagues there. At international competitions, he represents his home country, Syria. 3,000 kilometers away from home, he still has the opportunity to stand up for his origins and show the world that the bond between us is not determined by our nationality, but rather the inner conviction of each of us that defines it.
The Syrian has a vision: "I want to symbolize peace through my sport. Representing Syria in competitions makes me incredibly proud. Syrians are more motivated than ever and really grateful for what the European community has done for us, the Syrian people."
After regrettably missing the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics due to his refugee status, Mohamad is now determined to compete with the best at the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.
Through this, he wants to show that through relentless commitment and the power of sport to unite people, it is possible to achieve extraordinary feats.
United as athletes. United at heart.
We are proud to welcome Mohamad to the Ryzon community and support him on his journey.