First Olympics refugee team
Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio de Janeiro, 2016
For the first time ever, a team of refugees is competing at the Olympic Games. All ten athletes in the Refugee Olympic Team have escaped from their country of birth because of war or other dangers. They include athletes originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Syria.
The team was led into the Maracana stadium during the Opening Ceremony by Rose Nathike Lokonyen, a 23-year-old 800-metre runner. Rose fled from war in South Sudan with her family when she was just eight years old and has lived in a refugee camp in Kenya ever since. The team also includes four other South Sudanese runners now living in Kenyan refugee camps; Yiech Pur Biel (800 metres), James Nyang Chiengjiek (400m), Anjelina Nada Lohalith (1,500m) and Paulo Amotun Lokoro (1,500m). Other team members include Syrian swimmers Yusra Mardini and Rami Anis, judo athletes Yolande Bukasa Mabika and Popole Misenga from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopian marathon runner Yonas Kinde.
Refugee Olympic Team Quiz
1. Was there a Refugee Olympic Team competing at the 2012 London Olympics?
2. How many members of the team now live in the country of their birth?
3. How many members live in Kenyan refugee camps?
4. How many runners does the team include?
5. In which sport are athletes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo competing?
6. From which country did the team’s swimmers escape?
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fled (past tense of verb “to flee”): left a place quickly, esp. because of danger
marathon (noun): a very long running race (about 42 km or 26 miles in the Olympics)
refugee (noun): a person who’s been forced to leave their home or their country because of war, persecution or other dangers
refugee camp (noun): a place where refugees are kept, often in tents, until they can return home or move to a country that welcomes them