Refugee Olympic Team turns dreams into reality in Rio


Ten refugees have made history at Rio2016 as members of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. They include two Syrian swimmers, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a marathoner from Ethiopia and five middle-distance runners from South Sudan.

Here, UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi, who was present at the Opening Ceremony, explains the event’s significance.

Team Refugees:
10 refugees who fled horrors we can only imagine have overcome adversity to excel in their sports. Along the way they demonstrated Olympic values of determination, courage and inspiration, to win the honour of participating in the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.
Now they are on a journey to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – and Brazil is just the first chapter of their story.