The Olympian who risks his Life to Teach Kids Judo | Athletes Under Fire


War is bloody. It has deeply affected
all of our lives. My mission or my role
in my society… ..is to keep playing sport
and inspire others to pursue their dreams, whatever their
circumstances are. (IN THE DARKEST CORNERS) (OF WAR TORN NATIONS) (THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT ENDURES) (ATHLETES UNDER FIRE.
ALI KHOUSROF. JUDO. YEMEN.) (SANA’A, YEMEN) My name’s Ali Khousrof,
national team judo fighter. I’m 26 years old. I first came to know of judo when I was about six years old. I loved the sport from the day
I started playing it. I was chosen to compete with
the national junior team. Winning the first place in the
West Asia Junior Championship encouraged me. I felt then that I wanted to do
judo professionally and achieve more titles. (WHEN ALI WAS 17 HE FIRST
COMPETED AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES
BEIJING 2008) (THEN YEMEN DESCENDED INTO
CHAOS AND TRAGEDY STRUCK) During the mass protests
I took a shot in my pelvis, causing me six months of
no training. It was an awful feeling. After my injury, the
first thing that hit my mind was my future as an athlete. (AGAINST ALL ODDS,
ALI COMPETED AT LONDON 2012) (AS ALI WAS BUILDING
MOMENTUM FOR RIO 2016
FULL SCALE WAR ERUPTED) (AT LEAST 3 MILLION PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN DISPLACED) (MORE THAN 10,000 CIVILIANS
HAVE BEEN KILLED) The judo fighter should have a determined and
patient character. They should keep training
under any conditions and not be influenced by
any circumstances. Most importantly is
the high fighting spirit. This is the International
Table Tennis Hall. Coalition airplanes
have targeted it. It’s a big loss since
it was hosting many sports. It was a centre for
training judo. The judo rug. Sadly, this is what’s
left from it. And now, as you see,
it’s demolished and useless. (SINCE THE OUTBREAK OF WAR)
SPORT EVENTS HAVE BEEN
BANNED ACROSS YEMEN) Coffins – wholesale and retail. (AFTER FIVE YEARS OF CONFLICT
SPORT HAS ALMOST VANISHED
COMPLETELY) (ALI IS DETERMINED TO BRING
SPORT BACK INTO YEMENI
CHILDREN’S LIVES) Sport is very important
in every society because it’s a message, a positive message and
inspiration for aspiring youth. It helps them to avoid
bad habits such as eating khat, drugs and crime. Sport unleashes their energy
and creativity. It uses their energy out
in positive activities rather than negative. Sport is an international
message for humanity, not only for Yemen. It carries a message of peace,
for humanity. – God bless you, my son.
– Thank you, teacher. When it comes
to organising shows or events to promote judo, I do it to inspire people,
especially juniors and youth. I want to deliver
a message to them, “This is your place
in the future.” Order! Guys! Be quiet. Today we’re making a
judo exhibition. One of the hardest things
to master in judo is that it demands
physical wellbeing, fitness, speed,
and concentration. It demands tough exercises. You must be strong
like a weight lifter and flexible like a gymnast. You must have quick reactions, fitness and quick reactions. Along with a fighting spirit,
this makes you a judo master. (AFTER A SPATE OF ATTACKS
SECURITY HAS TIGHTENED
ACROSS SANA’A) (ALL GATHERINGS IN THE CITY ARE
NOW CONSIDERED AS TARGETS) There are no national events,
championships or activities. We should keep doing
sport and represent our country whenever we have the chance. In five years, we won’t
have a national team. That’s why we need to teach
judo to the next generation. During war, most villages
lack electricity and TV, so it would be good if we do
any activity or show in one of these remote
villages. (ALL ROADS OUTSIDE OF SANA’A
CITY ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS) (IT’S THE FIRST TIME THE TEAM
HAVE LEFT IN YEARS) The way out to the outskirts
of Sana’a is a bumpy road. We are exposed to dangers,
but our message is a message of peace
to promote judo. We just left Sana’a. Coach Ali is driving, and here are the boys. We’re heading to Bani Matar to teach judo. It’s surprising that they
bomb these beautiful places. We’re close! (THE TEAM ARE ENTERING
TRIBAL LAND DISCONNECTED
FROM ELECTRICITY) (OVER 200 DRONE STRIKES HAVE
TARGETED THE REGION THIS YEAR) Hello! He’s from a different tribe. He looks different. Under this war and
blockade conditions, these areas lack
sports facilities or TVs. There is no electricity here. We’re trying to give
sport to the youth to teach judo
to the next generations. Smack him down! Good job! Smack him down! Take me…! Smack him down! I think sport can help people recover from
the sorrows of war, especially for our youth. It can play a major role
in recovery and it serves the wellbeing of
the younger generation. (ALI AND HIS TEAM CONTINUE
TO EXHIBIT JUDO TO
THE CHILDREN OF YEMEN) (HE REMAINS DETERMINED TO
COMPETE AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES
TOKYO 2020)

20 thoughts on “The Olympian who risks his Life to Teach Kids Judo | Athletes Under Fire

  1. This is amazing!! Best of luck passing the sport forward to those most unfortunate. Cheers to the Olympic channel for their consistently quality videos!

  2. I had a Taekwondo coach who was a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War. Many choppers were destroyed, but he was one of a mere few. He's now a 6th degree black belt.

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