I hated every minute of training, but I said:

Don't quit.
Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

–Muhammad Ali

My name is Mohamad Alsabbagh. My friends call me Mo. I am an elite triathlete.

I have the passion, talent, determination and potential to participate in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

I want to give hope and pride to the Syrian people.

I left my country, Syria, at the onset of the crisis, and chose to come to Canada. I am now a permanent Canadian resident and am grateful to this great country that has welcomed me.

Like many athletes who dream of making it to the Olympics, I am faced with financial concerns that limit training time, competitive opportunities and having access to the best triathlon gear and clothing, physical therapists and nutrition plans, among others.

Despite these challenges, I consider myself fortunate when I think of all the families – including some of my family members and friends – who are struggling in Syria. That is why I want to represent my country of origin at the 2020 Summer Olympics; I want to give hope and pride to the Syrian people.

The support of my friends and family, here and abroad, will help me get closer to my goal of making it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Thanks everyone for your continued encouragement and support to #Mo2Tokyo

Journal #04 | Wuustwezel City, Belgium

Some of my friends asked me how come you are from Asia and you race at European cup! Doesn’t make sense.. Well in triathlon you can race in any Continental Cup but except the Continental Championships. [...]

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Journal #03 | Huatulco City, Mexico World Cup

I am a decent swimmer who make the first-mid pack most of the races! But I don’t have the short speed power and that is a critical element for the elite legal draft racing. It’s very important to be in-front right from the beginning of the race [...]

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Journal #02 | Aqaba City, Jordan

Since my story is different, like everyone else’s, as we are all unique people, getting a visa to travel to Jordan was hard for me. To make the long story short, trying to enter Jordan as a Syrian passport holder [...]

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