In an effort to raise awareness to the world about this ‘crisis’, the Olympic committee has formed a refugee team. Check out how they selected each athlete and where they are coming from.
The first refugee team to ever compete at the Olympic Games has been revealed, with 10 athletes given the dream opportunity of going for gold in Rio.
The International Olympic Committee made the announcement Friday after whittling down the shortlist from 43 athletes, while it also confirmed that 15 officials will accompany the team.
Competing under the Olympic flag, the six male and four female athletes will walk into the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium ahead of host country Brazil.
Rami Anis, a Syrian swimmer living in Belgium, was the first name announced. He was joined by South Sudan 800-meter runner Yiech Pur Biel and compatriots James Nyang Chiengijek, a 400m specialist, and Paulo Amotun Lokoro, a 1,500m runner.
Yomas Kinde, from Ethiopia, will compete in the marathon, while Popole Misenga, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will take part in the 90 kg judo category.
Two of the four women included are from South Sudan, with Anjelina Nada Lohalith selected to compete in the 1,500m and Rose Nathinke Lokonyen in the 800m.
Yolande Bukasa Mabika, who left the Democratic Republic of Congo before seeking asylum in Brazil in 2013, will be involved in the 70 kg judo while 18-year-old Yusra Mardini, who left Syria before settling in Germany, will be hoping to make a splash in the swimming pool.
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