About us News Refugee Olympic Team highlight the beautiful power of sport A Refugee Olympic Team is competing at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in what is a truly beautiful moment in the history of the games. In March 2016, the International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, made the revelation that “five to ten” refugees would go to Rio in the context of the worldwide refugee crisis, with the athletes competing under the Olympic flag. Ibrahim Al-Hussein, a Syrian refugee residing in Athens, carried the Olympic flame through his refugee and migrant camp in the Greek city as part of the 2016 torch relay. A truly inspirational development, the Refugee Olympic Team have experienced some horrifically dark times, but being on the world’s stage in Rio de Janeiro provides some much needed light for them all. At Street League, we believe anyone can turn their lives around through the power of sport, with inspirational sporting heroes having the influence to inspire that change. The Refugee Olympic Team fit the bill in that respect and we have nothing but admiration for them. Below is a list of the athletes and their remarkable stories. Rami Anis (swimming) Anis, 25, fled his war-torn country of Syria in 2015, travelling by boat to Turkey before continuing on to Belgium. Yiech Pur Biel (athletics) The South Sudanese runner lived in a refugee camp in Kenya for 10 years after escaping a civil war. Despite living in conditions that aren’t the best when it comes to training and with a distinct lack of facilities, he continues to race. James Chiengjiek (athletics) One of the “lost boys of Sudan” who fled their country and headed to Kenya, Chiengjiek was escaping the reality of becoming a child soldier. Despite sustaining countless injuries due to a lack of suitable footwear, he still trains and competes. Paulo Amotun Lokoro (athletics) A cattle herder in South Sudan, Paulo Amotun Lokoro, fled to join his parents in Kenya. During the journey, the only food accessible to him was fruit. Anjelina Nadai Lohalith (athletics) Disconnected from her family since the age of six after escaping civil war in South Sudan, Anjelina Lohalith turned her hand to a career in running and hoping to make a name for herself which will enable her to return home one day and help her father build a better house. Rose Nathike Lokonyen (athletics) Another athlete who fled her home of South Sudan to a refugee camp in Kenya, Rose Nathike Lokonyen discovered her talent for running after entering a 10km competition where she came second. Yonas Kinde (marathon) The Ethiopian marathon runner has been residing in Luxembourg after fleeing his country due to political unrest. An accomplished runner, Kinde would qualify for the Olympic team if he had his citizenship. Yolande Mabika (Judo) After fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo three years ago to live in Rio due to civil war and being separated from her family at a very young age, Mabika ended up at a centre for displaced children where she discovered judo. Yusra Mardini (swimming) Known around the world for rescuing 20 people who were stuck in a boat on the verge of capsizing after fleeing Damascus, Mardini used her strength in the water to swim for three hours and help everybody survive the journey to Germany. Popole Misenga (judo) After escaping conflict in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo, Misenga sought asylum in Brazil back in 2013. It was there that he discovered judo as something for him to focus on and achieve in.