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INSANITY: Brother of Brussels suicide bomber set for Rio Olympics…FOR BELGIUM

  • Mourad Laachraoui won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships 
  • The 21-year-old’s brother was bomber Najim Laachraoui who blew himself up at Brussels Airport, killing 32 people
  • Laachraoui said he had had no contact with his brother since 2013 
  • The young athlete has been dubbed ‘Europe’s king of the lightweights’  

The brother of one the Brussels suicide bombers is set to compete for Belgium’s taekwondo team at the Olympic Games this summer in Brazil.

Mourad Laachraoui, 21, won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships, meaning he will be travelling to South America this summer.

His 24-year-old brother Najim was one of two suicide bombers who blew himself up at Brussels Airport on March 22, killing 32 people.

In this May 19, 2016 picture Belgium's Mourad Laachraoui , right, celebrates  after winning his fight against Spain's Jesus Tortosa Cabrera, during their men -54kg final at the European Taekwondo Championships in Montreux, Switzerland. (Daniel Mitchell/Keystone via AP)

After the Brussels attacks, Laachraoui distanced himself from his brother, saying he’d had no contact with Najim since he left for Syria in 2013.

The young athlete stayed in Belgium, and said he felt ‘scared and saddened’ by the attacks.

Laachraoui, aged 21, is listed among Belgium’s 185-strong squad bound for the games in Rio De Janeiro starting on 5 August, where he will compete in the Under-58 kilogramme category.

This year, he’s won his division in the U.S. Open in February and Luxor Open in Egypt in March, and has bronzes from the Canadian Open and Fujairah Open.

On Friday, Laachraoui won gold in the Under-54kg in Montreux, Switzerland, a victory which led to the Flemish taekwondo federation dubbed him ‘Europe’s


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