Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (WWLP) – A team of refugees that will compete at this year’s Rio De Janeiro Olympics visited the city’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue today.
The team is the first ever at the Olympics to include refugees, who will compete under the Olympic flag. It includes five athletes from South Sudan, two from Syria, two from the Democratic Republic of Congo and one from Ethiopia.
According to the United Nations, all are required to have official refugee status. Yusra Mardini, a swimmer from Syria, said, “They have a lot of bad situations happen with them and with us and we continued because we have dreams.”
The six men and four women will compete in the sports of swimming, judo and track and field in the games that open on Friday, August fifth.