The YOG alumni from the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore 2010 are going from strength to strength, with two more athletes taking a step further to the London 2012 Olympic Games with their outstanding performances at the Asian Qualification Tournament in Bangkok (Thailand) earlier this month.
Both Jordan’s Dana Touran and Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Mamayev were so impressive they secured quota places for their respective countries. They will now have to wait to see if they are selected to represent their country in 2012. Nursultan, who won silver in the 55kg division in Singapore and who secured 2nd place in Bangkok, said: “At the Olympic Games I want to present a good image of my country, Kazakhstan, to the whole world and to win the gold medal. I aspire in every way to hear a national anthem of Kazakhstan and to see the national flag showing.”
Dana, who took silver in the 49kg category in Singapore, said optimistically: “I hope to win a medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Enshalah! (This Arabic word means ‘I hope so’).” Good luck to all the YOG athletes as they continue on their sporting journeys.