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Rio 2016: Meet The Olympic Refugee Team

The Olympics, in theory, are a place where politics stay outside the stadium, where athletes contend for his or her country without the baggage of petty grievances. It’s a pleasant theory. The truth is that military and political disputes that dot the whole planet usually sweep up innocent athletes in their tornado, and also the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will express views as partisan as any nation. However from time to time, politics will prove a net positive; because the IOC is demonstrating with the creation of a team (refugee) entirely composed of refugees from devastated and economically ravaged countries.

The refugee team will march and contend under the 2016 Olympic flag, and includes ten athletes: 2 from Syria, 5 from South Sudan, 2 from Democratic Republic of Congo and 1 from Ethiopia. The team will field competitors in athletics, judo, and swimming.

“These refugee athletes have no home, no flag, no team, no national anthem,” Thomas Bach, IOC President said.

The invention of this refugee team is to provide them a home in the Olympic village along with all the athletes around the world.”

The refugee team is going to be housed in the Olympic Village, and will be given all the honours accorded other countries, as well as a spot in the opening and closing ceremonies. The refugee team will march in just ahead Brazil, the host.

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Angelina Nadai Lohalith

  • Place of Birth: South Sudan
  • Fled to: Kenya
  • Sport: Athletics
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James Nyang Chiengjiek

  • Place of Birth: South Sudan
  • Fled to: Kenya
  • Sport: Athletics
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Paulo Amotun Lokoro

  • Place of Birth: South Sudan
  • Fled to: Kenya
  • Sport: Athletics
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Popole Misenga

  • Place of Birth: Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Fled to: Brazil
  • Sport: Judo
refugee
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Rami Anis

  • Place of Birth: Syria
  • Fled to: Belgium
  • Sport: Swimming
refugee
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Rose Nathike Lokonyen

  • Place of Birth: South Sudan
  • Fled to: Kenya
  • Sport: Athletics
refugee
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Yiech Pur Biel

  • Place of Birth: South Sudan
  • Fled to: Kenya
  • Sport: Athletics
refugee
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Yolande Mabika

  • Place of Birth: Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Fled to: Brazil
  • Sport: Judo

 

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Yonas Kinde

  • Place of Birth: Ethiopia
  • Fled to: Luxembourg
  • Sport: Athletics
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Yusra Mardini

  • Place of Birth: Syria
  • Fled to: Germany
  • Sport: Swimming

Source: yahoo sports

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