For the 1st time ever in Olympic history, there will be a team that doesn’t represent anyone one nation; instead, it includes several individuals with refugee status from around the world!
TEN REFUGEE ATHLETES aims to be a symbol of hope, to inspire and to Bring wide-reaching awareness that highlights the depth and enormity of the world’s Refugee Crisis, will participate.
Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) got a rousing welcome and applause as they walked in during the ceremony????????????????????????
IOC President Thomas Bach said during the ceremony: “These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem. We will offer them a home in the Olympic Village together with all the athletes of the word. The Olympic anthem will be played in their honour and the Olympic flag will lead them into the Olympic Stadium. It is also a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society. 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 strength of the human spirit.”
- Rami Ani: Syria – Host – Belgium -Swimming
- Yiech Pur: S.Sudan – Host – Kenya-Athletics
- James Nyang: S. Sudan-host–Kenya-athletics
- Yonas Kinde: Ethiopia-host– Luxembourg-athletics, marathon
- Anjelina Nada Lohalith: South Sudan; host Kenya– athletic
- Rose Nathike Lokonyen: South Sudan; host Kenya– athletics
- Paulo Amotun Lokoro (M): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 1500m
- Yolande Bukasa Mabika (F): Democratic Republic of the Congo – Brazil – Judo
- Yusra Mardini (F): Syria – Host – Germany – Swimming
- Popole Misenga: Democratic Republic of the Congo – Host – Brazil – Judo