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Tokyo Olympics: a video to illustrate the heroic journey of refugee athletes


LE SCAN SPORT - The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released an inspiring video on Tuesday to support refugee Olympic and Paralympic athletes who dream of participating in Tokyo 2020.   

By Sacha Aiche

Soberly titled, "The Journey," the video shows the journey of a refugee forced to leave her homeland to flee war and persecution.

After crossing land and sea, the young refugee arrives in her new home and begins her running training with a new goal: to win an Olympic medal.

Uploaded on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the video was produced in collaboration with two refugee athletes holding scholarships from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

With this video, HCR thus wishes to highlight the power of sport as a vector of integration and hope for those who have had to flee.  

Sixty refugee athletes are preparing for the Tokyon 2020 Olympics

Rose Nathike Lokonyen, South Sudanese refugee and resident in Kenya competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the Refugee Olympic Team, in the 800m track and field.

Collaborating in the production of the video, she says: “The story told in the video“ The Journey ”is similar to mine and that of the other refugee athletes.

I am training hard in the hope of making it to the Tokyo Games.

I want to help people around the world better understand the lives of refugees and how sport can help change their lives.

I hope people will support the Olympic and Paralympic refugee athlete teams. ”

55 athletes train to be in Tokyo

During the Rio 2016 Olympics, the refugee Olympic team included ten athletes.

For the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC granted a solidarity grant to fifty-five refugee athletes to facilitate their training and access to the necessary sports equipment.

The final Olympic refugee team for Tokyo, which will parade under one flag, has not yet been announced. 

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