Syrian child refugees compete in Turkey judo event

Syrian child refugees compete in Turkey judo event

Syrian child refugees in Turkey have taken part in a judo competition in Ankara.

The event was held by the Japanese Embassy and local judo officials on Saturday to mark the completion of one of the largest judo halls in Turkey.

15 Syrian children who had fled the civil war in their home country joined about 150 children from across Turkey in the competition.

All the Syrian competitors lost in their first matches. But later they cheered on the Turkish contestants.

A Syrian girl said she enjoyed the competition although she lost. She said she will practice harder to win a match next time.

The child refugees received judo uniforms from Japan ahead of the competition.

Japanese Ambassador Akio Miyajima said the Turkish and Syrian children did their best and that he was able to see many people smiling.

He said the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in 2020 and that he wants the children to work hard in pursuit of their dreams.