Mumbai: Superstar Hrithik Roshan finds it laudable that a team made up of refugees has been allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics. He has extended his support to swimmer Yusra Mardini.
On Wednesday night, he tweeted: “It’s incredibly cool to have included displaced sportsmen in Olympics… This time as refugee Olympic team. They don’t have a nation. Let’s all cheer for them.”
“I cheer for Yusra Mardini, a real life hero who saved lives through her swimming and is part of refugee Olympic athletes team,” added the “Mohenjo Daro” actor.
Mardini competed for the 100 meter butterfly and freestyle heats on Wednesday.
Mardini was a competitive swimmer in Syria until she fled the war with her sister last August and survived a hazardous crossing on the Aegean Sea to reach Europe.
The Mardini sisters had been among Syria’s brightest swimming stars and their family had been moving around to avoid the fighting so they could continue swimming. But the war intensified and eventually the decision was made to leave altogether.