Twenty-nine athletes represent the Tokyo Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) at the Olympic Games.
In the summer of 2015, the IOC, with the support of pioneering marathon runner and peace ambassador Tegra Loloupe, established the Refugee Emergency Fund to help international aid agencies integrate refugees into sports.
The Games’ governing body has also promised to financially support selected groups of refugee athletes in scholarship programs with the aim of competing under the Olympic flag.
In Rio, 10 athletes who have been forced to flee from countries such as South Sudan and Syria due to ongoing conflicts, crackdowns and civil wars will be selected by the IOC to realize their dream of competing in the competition. I was able to do it.
IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed their participation as a message of hope to an estimated 80 million refugees worldwide.
“By welcoming a team of refugee Olympic athletes to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, we want to send a message of hope to all refugees around the world,” he said.
“These refugee athletes are welcomed to the Olympics with the Olympic flag and the Olympic Hymn, as there is no national team to belong to, no marching flags or national anthems are played.
“They have a home with all 11,000 athletes from the 206 National Olympic Committees in the Olympic Village.”
After successful team participation in 2016, 18-year-old Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini won the heat with a 100m butterfly, and the IOC increased its scholarship program to 55 athletes at the Tokyo Games, eventually 29. A player has been selected.
They have already achieved great success in Tokyo as Kimiya Arizade Zonuji surprised Britain’s Jade Jones in a 16-women’s 57 kg taekwondo match.
Arizade became the first female medalist in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but recently fled Iran after criticizing the government’s oppressive treatment of women. Currently living in Germany, she joined the EOR team at the Tokyo Olympics.
Another representative of the EOR team is Cyrille Fagat Tchatchet II, who competes in the men’s 96 kg weightlifting competition. After fleeing Cameroon, Chachet was given refugee status in the United Kingdom and worked on the NHS in the ward during a pandemic.
Sadly, Loroupe, who helped train several athletes at her foundation in Kenya, was unable to lead the team in Tokyo after a positive Covid-19 test before departure. “Athletes have a lot to share with the world.” she said Independent Earlier this year. “The resilience is something that everyone can learn from them. They are strong people who fought for life. They are not just refugees, they are ambassadors.”
Who are the EOR athletes?
- Aramaso-M-Freestyle 50m Swimming-Syria
- Yusra Maldini-F-Butterfly 100m Swimming-Syria
- Dorian Keletara-M-100m Athletics-Congo
- Rose Nathinke Likonyen-F-800m Athletics-South Sudan
- James Nyan Chenjek-M-800m Athletics-South Sudan
- Angelina Nana Dylo Harris-F-1500m Athletics-South Sudan
- Paul Amotun Locolo-M-1500m Athletics-South Sudan
- Jamal Abdelmaji Eisa Mohammed-M-5000m Athletics-Sudan
- Tachlowini Gabriyesos-M-Marathon-Eritrea
- Aram Mahmoud-M-Badminton-Syria
- Wesam Saramana-M-Lightweight Boxing-Syria
- Eldric Sella Rodriguez-M-Middleweight Boxing-Venezuela
- Saeid Fazoula-M-Kayak (K-1) 1000m-Iran
- Masomaha Alizada-F-Time Trial Cycling-Afghanistan
- Ahmad Badredin Weiss-M Time Trial Cycling-Syria
- Sanda Ardas-F-Judo-Syria
- Ahmad Alikai-M-Judo-Syria
- Munada Hook F-Judo-Syria
- Javad Mayove-M-Judo-Iran
- Popole Misenga-M-Judo-Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Wael Shueb-M-Karate (kata)-Syria
- Hamoon Derafshipour-M-Karate (Kumite)-Iran
- Luna Solomon-F-10m Air Rifle Shooting-Eritrea
- Dina Pourounes Langeroudi-F-49kg Taekwondo-Iran
- Kimiya Arizade-F-57kg Taekwondo-Iran
- Abdullah Sediki-M-68kg Taekwondo-Afghanistan
- Cyrille Fagat Tchatchet II-M-96kg Weightlifting-Cameroon
- Aker Al Obaidi-M-67kg Wrestling-Iraq
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