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RIO 2016

The refugee athletes competing under the Olympic flag

This summer in Rio a team of 10 athletes will represent the millions of displaced people around the world

For the first time in the history of the Games, 10 athletes displaced by war and turmoil will compete under the Olympic flag. A refugee team has been created composed of five South Sudanese runners, two Syrian swimmers, one Ethiopian marathon runner, and two judoists  from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“It sends out a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society,” says Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, adding, “These refugee athletes will show the world that despite the unimaginable tragedies that they have faced, anyone can contribute to society through their talent, skills and the strength of the human spirit.”

Rami Anis

Country of origin: Syria

Country of residence: Belgium

Sport: Swimming


Rami Anis.

Yiech Pur Biel

Country of origin: South Sudan

Country of residence: Kenya

Sport: Track and field

Specialty: 800 meters


Yiech Pur Biel.

James Nyang Chiengjiek

Country of origin: South Sudan

Country of residence: Kenya

Sport: Track and field

Specialty: 400 meters


James Nyang Chiengjiek.

Yonas Kinde

Country of origin: Ethiopia

Country of residence: Luxemburg

Sport: Track and field

Specialty: Marathon


Yonas Kinde.

Anjelina Nada Lohalith

Country of origin: South Sudan

Country of residence: Kenya

Sport: Track and field

Specialty: 1,500 meters


Anjelina Nada Lohalith.

Rose Nathike Lokonyen

Country of origin: South Sudan

Country of residence: Kenya

Sport: Track and field

Specialty: 800 meters


Rose Nathike Lokonyen.

Paulo Amotun Lokoro

Country of origin: South Sudan

Country of residence: Kenya

Sport: Track and field

Specialty: 1,500 meters


Paulo Amotun Lokoro.

Yolande Bukasa Mabika

Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Country of residence: Brazil

Sport: Judo

Specialty: 70 kilograms


Yolande Bukasa Mabika.

Yusra Mardini

Country of origin: Syria

Country of residence: Germany

Sport: Swimming


Yusra Mardini.

Popole Misenga

Country of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Country of residence: Brazil

Sport: Judo

Specialty: 90 kilograms


Popole Misenga.

English version by Allison Light

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