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Published: Wednesday December 6, 2006 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday July 8, 2013 MYT 12:22:20 AM

Almasri ponders German switch

ALMASRI: Dual citizenship

ASIAN Games gold medallist Rafd Zyad Almasri hopes to be challenging for medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but he just isn't sure which country to represent. 

Syrian Almasri, who lives and trains in Berlin, has two years to decide whether to swim for his homeland or Germany. 

“At this moment, I'm a Syrian swimmer, and I will stay like that for the moment,” he said. 

“I will have the chance to represent Germany because I have citizenship in both countries.” 

The 24-year-old sport and philosophy student became Syria's first Asian Games swimming gold medallist when he won the 50m freestyle on Monday. 

His time of 22.41 ranks him higher than any swimmer from Germany, a traditional powerhouse in sprint swimming. 

“I will represent Syria at the next world championships and I'm concentrating only on that,” he said.  

“I will make my decision at another time.” – Reuters 

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