Saturday, June 4, 2016

Refugee Olympic Team to shine spotlight on worldwide refugee crisis

 

 

 

One might say that it is a sign of the global times.  The International Olympic Committee has announced the first Refugee Olympic Team for the Rio Olympics

Go Refugee Olympic Team!  As the Washington Post reports, they hail from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They’ve fled war and the destruction of their homelands. They’ve boarded inflatable boats and grown up in refugee camps. And they are all athletes who will compete on the world’s biggest stage in August.

The International Olympic Committee on Friday announced members of its first-ever Olympic team comprised of refugees. The six men and four women belonging to the Refugee Olympic Team will compete in swimming, judo, and track and field events — and they’ll be the first to enter Rio’s Olympic stadium for Opening Ceremonies, wielding the Olympic flag, marching in before host nation Brazil.

The athletes are:

  • Rami Anis (M): Country of origin – Syria; host NOC – Belgium; sport – swimming
  • Yiech Pur Biel (M): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 800m
  • James Nyang Chiengjiek (M): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 400m
  • Yonas Kinde (M): Country of origin – Ethiopia; host NOC – Luxembourg; sport – athletics, marathon
  • Anjelina Nada Lohalith (F): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 1500m
  • Rose Nathike Lokonyen (F): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 800m
  • Paulo Amotun Lokoro (M): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 1500m
  • Yolande Bukasa Mabika (F): Country of origin – Democratic Republic of the Congo; host NOC – Brazil; sport – judo, -70kg
  • Yusra Mardini (F): Country of origin – Syria; host NOC – Germany; sport – swimming
  • Popole Misenga (M): Country of origin – Democratic Republic of the Congo; host NOC – Brazil; sport – judo, -90kg
 
KJ

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