Taking a historic step, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unveiled for the first time ever in the history of Olympics a team of refugees who will participate under the Olympic Flag.
IOC headquarters in Lausanne Inside the games
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Announcing the team, IOC president Thomas Bach said that out of the 10 players five athletes are from South Sudan, two from Syria, two from Democratic Republic of Congo and one from Ethiopia. Out of these six are men and four are women.
These players are swimmer Yusra Mardini who is from Syria but trains in Germany, Rose Nathike Lokonyen from South Sudan who is a middle distance runner and lives in a refugee camp in Kenya and Yolande Bukasa Mabika from Republic of Congo who is Judoka and trains in Brazil.
IOC president Thomas Bach ABC.net
With this, Back hopes to send a “ symbol of hope for all refugees in the world”.