Palestinian judoka Maher Abu Ramila spoke on Wednesday about his determination to impress, having qualified for the London 2012 Olympics.
Of the five Palestinian athletes who have qualified for the London 2012 Olympics, judoka competitor Maher Abu Ramila is the standout athlete.
Whilst his compatriots have all been handed berths as a 'gesture' by the IOC, Ramila qualified for the games on merit, after beating several judo champions.
The father-of-two impressed at the World Judo Championships in Tokyo in 2010, narrowly losing in the second round.
That successful performance won him a place in the London games.
SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Maher Abu Ramila, Palestinian judoka:
"It's a huge dream which came true, like any player that wishes to reach the Olympics. I hope I will be a good ambassador for the state of Palestine in the Olympics and to raise the Palestinian flag like any other country in all the world forums."
Palestine's other representatives include a 400-metre runner; an 800-metre runner; and two 50-metre freestyle swimmers.
Palestines judoka Olympic hopefulThursday, June 21 2012