Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer Rami Anis says that he “[doesn’t] want to wake up” after competing in the Men’s 100m Freestyle event.
The 25-year-old fled Syria after his hometown was bombed, reaching Belgium via Turkey and Greece before being drafted into the Olympic team.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to compete in the Olympics,” he said. “I don’t want to wake up from this dream.”
Anis finished 56th in the standings and sixth in his heat, representing the Refugee Olympic Athletes, and hopes that his story will inspire other displaced persons.
“I want to shine the spotlight on the plight of refugees,” he added. “I want to show the best possible image of refugees or Syrian people, or anyone who has suffered injustice in the world, and tell them to not lose hope.”