|Full name||Zakiya Nassar|
April 2, 1987 |
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
She represented Palestine at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In the lead-up to the Games, her coach, relayed by the media, commented that Nassar faced severe difficulties in training, due to her lack of access to a swimming pool. The Globe and Mail reported that "[t]here is no Olympic-sized pool in the Palestinian territories and no budget to speak of for the Palestinian Olympic swimmers". Nassar told the media that she was receiving no support from the Palestinian authorities, that she was able to swim once a month "at best", and that she feared a disastrous performance in Beijing. The Israeli authorities subsequently granted her authorisation to swim in a pool in Jerusalem.
- "For Palestinian swimmers, it's a chance to swim", Globe and Mail, July 7, 2008
- Nassar's bio from the 2008 Olympics website; retrieved 2009-07-09.
- "JEUX OLYMPIQUES: Les Palestiniens à rude épreuve", Courier international
- "From Jenin to Beijing", Ynetnews, April 5, 2008
- "Palestinian Olympic runner receives exit permit", Ynetnews, April 8, 2008
- "Beijing's youngest is leader of the laggards", Reuters, August 15, 2008
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