10 refugees to participate in Rio Olympic Games

The athletes will compete for the Refugee Olympic Team and march with the Olympic flag.

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JOHANNESBURG - Ten refugee athletes will take part in the Rio Olympic Games, hoping to act as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide.

The athletes will compete for the Refugee Olympic Team and march with the Olympic flag immediately before host nation Brazil at the Opening Ceremony.

The International Olympic Committee named the athletes that will make up the team today.

The initiative, a first of its kind, hopes to bring global attention to the magnitude of the refugee crisis around the world.

Like all teams at the Olympics, the refugee team will have its own entourage to meet all the required technical needs of the athletes.

The team is made up of a combination of athletes from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has described the team as a symbol of hope.

They will be housed in the Olympic village together with all the other athletes at the games.