Ten athletes will come together to represent over 59 million displaced people

For the first time in history, there will be a refugee team playing at the Olympics. Sponsored by a variety of National Olympic Committees, they will compete with other countries around the world in multiple games. Since they do not and cannot represent a specific country, they will carry the official flag of the Olympics during the opening ceremony. They have had only nine months to prepare, which is nothing in comparison to the other athletes in attendance.

IOC president Thomas Bach explained this decision in a press release as “a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society. These refugee athletes will show the world that despite the unimaginable tragedies that they have faced, anyone can contribute to society through their talent, skills and strength of the human spirit.”

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