Incheon: As escalating violence plunges their warn-torn country ever deeper into crisis, two star-struck Syrian swimmers have promised to "give 200 percent" at the Asian Games to help bring a small measure of solace to those suffering back home. (Full Coverage)
Bayan Jumah, who has a penchant for taking selfies with her idol Michael Phelps, and team-mate Ayman Klzie told AFP on Friday that they felt an added responsibility to push themselves beyond their limits in South Korea, 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometres) away from the savage conflict raging in Syria. (Swimming Competition Promises Drama)
"We are very sad about what's happening," Jumah, 20, said in an interview before the start of the swimming competition in Incheon. "When I look at the TV I feel afraid and you think 'Oh my God, how can people live like this?' But in our everyday lives we don't feel that fear."