IOC refugee team members arrive in RioComments
They were previously running for their lives, now they are days away from running for an Olympic medal.
Five of the IOC’s 10-member refugee team arrived in Rio on Friday.
The five members are all from South Sudan and will all compete in middle to long distance running events.
They flew into Rio from Kenya where are residents of the Kakuma refugee camp.
It is the first time a refugee team will compete at the Summer Olympics.
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.
Syrian refugee Mardini swims for joy after swimming for her life https://t.co/LCZO2ATb8d#RefugeeOlympicTeampic.twitter.com/7HgrPLZgYt— IOCMEDIA (@iocmedia) July 28, 2016
42 sports, over 300 events! The excitement will be everywhere. Get your tickets at https://t.co/3GSHuNaMrYhttps://t.co/wAx6Q6SFOy— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) July 11, 2016