The group includes two Syrian swimmers, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and six runners from Ethiopia and South Sudan. The athletes have relocated to countries including Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Kenya ― and even Brazil.
“Their participation in the Olympics is a tribute to the courage and perseverance of all refugees in overcoming adversity and building a better future for themselves and their families,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement. “UNHCR stands with them and with all refugees.”
The IOC first announced the formation of a refugee-only team belonging to no one country in March.
Here are the members of this year’s team:
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