Syria’s Sanda Aldass has expressed her aim of competing as part of the Refugee Olympic Team at Tokyo 2020 having fled civil war.
Aldass fled Syria in 2015 and spent nine months in a refugee camp in the Netherlands.
Her two-and-a-half-year-old son and husband had to stay in Syria while she looked to secure refugee status.
Aldass told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the family were reunited after six months, before being taken to their new home three months later.
The 29-year-old, who previously was a member of Syria’s national judo team, hopes to compete at Tokyo 2020 as part of the Refugee Olympic Team.
Aldass, who returned to the sport after giving birth to her second child, says the family’s dream is for her to compete at the Olympic Games.
"It’s more than a dream coming true," she said.
"It’s just a dream now, out there it would be a dream coming true.
"I won’t believe it until it’s like, ‘Wow, I really made it’.
"My kids are like, ‘Mum, you have to go to the Olympics’.
"The goal for the whole family is reaching the Olympics.
"We will see, I am not thinking too far ahead."
Aldass’ husband Fadi Darwish currently works for the International Judo Federation (IJF).
The duo were invited to join the support programme for refugee athletes in 2019, with Aldass competing with fellow refugees in the World Championship mixed team competition last year.
Members of the IOC unanimously endorsed the formation of the refugee team for the second consecutive Summer Games back in 2018.
The team is expected to be larger than the 10-strong outfit which participated at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The IOC has awarded 49 refugee athlete scholarships to inspire athletes as they attempt to secure places on the team, which includes the 10 members of the Rio 2016 squad.