Belgium. Syrian swimmer Rami Anis trains for Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Belgium, Gent, May 23, 2016,

Rami during a training session at the S and R Rozebroeken swimming pool in Gent.

Rami Anis, 25, a competitive swimmer from the Syrian city of Aleppo, is hoping to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He left his home town in October 2011 and flew to Istanbul, Turkey and stayed with his older brother Eyad. Rami had expected to return to Aleppo in a few months. As conflict continued in Syria, Rami’s family joined the two brothers in Istanbul and they lived there for four years. Without Turkish nationality, Rami was not able to participate in swimming competitions and he decided to go to Europe and pursue his dream of becoming a professional swimmer.