A file photo dated 19 August 2008 shows 17-year-old Somalian athlete Samia (Saamiya) Yusuf Omar at the start of the women's 200 meter heats in the National Stadium at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. | Photo: EPA/Kerim Okten
A file photo dated 19 August 2008 shows 17-year-old Somalian athlete Samia (Saamiya) Yusuf Omar at the start of the women's 200 meter heats in the National Stadium at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. | Photo: EPA/Kerim Okten

Students at a school in Turin have organized a mini-Olympics in memory of Saamiya Yusuf Omar, a young Somali sprinter. Omar died in a migrant shipwreck in 2012.

Omar died while trying to cross the Mediterranean in the hope of reaching Europe to participate in the 2012 London Olympics.

A class of third-year students at Martyrs of the Resistance Middle School in Nichelino, Turin, has organized a mini-Olympic Games in honor of the Somali.

The students got the idea to "organise the race that the sprinter never got to compete in" after they read Giuseppe Catozzella's book "Don't Tell Me You're Afraid", which tells Omar's story. 

Games to remember Saamiya 

The "Olympics" are scheduled for Friday, May 31 at 16:30 in the courtyard of the school. There will be group games for young children, basketball, volleyball, football and sprinting.

Teacher Cristina Bolla, who led the students in the project, said that in Saamiya they saw someone "their same age who fought for her dreams... They made an effort, after school hours, to bring to life a humanitarian project."
 

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