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From helplessness to hope: inspirational tales of the Refugee Olympic Team

For the first time in Olympic history, 10 athletes will compete at Rio 2016 for a special team in a move designed to bring global attention to the magnitude of the worldwide refugee crisis

For the first time in Olympic history, 10 athletes will compete at Rio 2016 for the Refugee Olympic Team in a move designed to bring global attention to the magnitude of the worldwide refugee crisis.

After the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, announced in March that a team would be selected, 43 were identified as potential candidates and 10, displaced from South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have since been picked in three sports – athletics, swimming and judo. The athletes will march with the Olympic flag immediately before host nation Brazil at Friday’s opening ceremony.

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