Four runners under the team leadership of Kenya's Tegla Loroupe will form an Athlete Refugee Team in the mixed relay event at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Cross Country Championships in Kampala.
The Refugee Olympic Team have been presented with the Laureus Sport for Good Award for Sporting Inspiration in Monaco.
The Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC) held a sports induction day for young refugees between the ages of 13 and 18.
Tegla Loroupe has been named as the United Nations Person of the Year in recognition of her role to get refugees to participate in the Olympic Games.
The Refugee Olympic Team was a wonderful initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and I congratulate them on enabling ten athletes who are refugees to take part in the Rio 2016 Olympics. How can we not be moved by their individual and collective stories?
Tegla Loroupe, Chef de Mission for the 10-strong Refugee Olympic Team that will make a historic first appearance at the Rio Olympics, wants to extend the training system that has produced the team’s five track athletes for another five years to offer other talented refugees the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
The Refugee Olympic Team - ten individuals with grief and courage in common, ready to make Games history in Rio
The 2016 Rio Games are already unique. No other Games in modern history has had its build-up vexed by such a bewildering mass of political frictions, economic shocks and doping controversies. But as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad shift into delivery mode with Friday’s Opening Ceremony, there is the guarantee of something beautiful being presented to the watching world.