Olympics-Bangladesh set to hail Caesar in London

Source: Reuters.

(Reuters) – Syque Caesar hopes to come, see and conquer his rivals at the London Olympics, but even if he finishes outside the medals the U.S.-born gymnast is proud to be blazing a trail for Bangladesh at the Games.

The 21-year old gymnast from the University of Michigan learned in April that he had been selected to compete in London after receiving an email from the Bangladesh Olympic Association.

“My university team mates, coaches, and friends in the United States were absolutely excited and proud of me when they heard that I was going to go to the Olympics,” Caesar told Reuters in a recent interview.

“Like 90 percent of all gymnasts, it has always been my biggest dream to go to the Olympics, and I’m very excited to finally have the opportunity to make the dream a reality.”

Born and raised in the United States, Caesar has never lived in Bangladesh but has close family ties to the South Asian country. Caesar’s mother Rezina and father Quazi grew up in Dhaka and moved to the United States in the 1980s.

Quazi was the first baby born by caesarean section at Dhaka Medical College and changed his name from Chanchal to Caesar. A talented soccer player, he encouraged Syque to try different sports.

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