Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini is a real hero. Root for her: Hrithik Roshan

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2016 17:03 IST
Hrithik Roshan feels Yusra Mardini is a real hero, who saved lives through swimming. (Yogen Shah)

Last week, Hrithik Roshan posted a couple of tweets, cheering for the Refugee Olympic Athletes team, which is not representing any nation at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

Hrithik was also rooting for 18-year-old Yusra Mardini, who competed in the 100-metre butterfly and freestyle heats. “The Olympics are all about national glory and pride.

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But this time, there’s a refugee team too, consisting of participants who have no national anthems and no nation’s support. Hrithik has praised the organisers who made the inclusion of these athletes possible,” says an insider.


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Moreover, Hrithik not only showed support for Yusra, but also encouraged other people to cheer for her. The actor says, “It is a great move to have included displaced athletes in the Olympics this time. They are not being supported by any nation in particular. It won’t take much to cheer for them too.” As for Yusra, Hrithik adds, “She is a real hero, who has saved lives through swimming. I have a lot of respect for her.”

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