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IOC refugee team members arrive in Rio

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By Euronews
IOC refugee team members arrive in Rio

<p>They were previously running for their lives, now they are days away from running for an Olympic medal.</p> <p>Five of the <span class="caps">IOC</span>’s 10-member refugee team arrived in Rio on Friday.</p> <p>The five members are all from South Sudan and will all compete in middle to long distance running events.</p> <p>They flew into Rio from Kenya where are residents of the Kakuma refugee camp.</p> <p>It is the first time a refugee team will compete at the Summer Olympics.</p> <p>They will take on the worlds best competing under the Olympic flag with five others – two swimmers from Syria, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as an Ethiopian marathon runner.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Syrian refugee Mardini swims for joy after swimming for her life <a href="https://t.co/LCZO2ATb8d">https://t.co/LCZO2ATb8d</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RefugeeOlympicTeam?src=hash">#RefugeeOlympicTeam</a> <a href="https://t.co/7HgrPLZgYt">pic.twitter.com/7HgrPLZgYt</a></p>— <span class="caps">IOC</span> <span class="caps">MEDIA</span> (@iocmedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/iocmedia/status/758787037063286785">July 28, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">42 sports, over 300 events! The excitement will be everywhere. Get your tickets at <a href="https://t.co/3GSHuNaMrY">https://t.co/3GSHuNaMrY</a><a href="https://t.co/wAx6Q6SFOy">https://t.co/wAx6Q6SFOy</a></p>— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rio2016_en/status/752631127450398720">July 11, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>