Sun Island Jamaica – Culcha
Sun Island Jamaica – Culcha notes there are a few things we might like to remember about this 2016 Olympics. Of course we know about our team members and their wins.
But this year was different to all the other Olympic Games since it was dreamed up in Olympia Greece in the eighth century BC until the fourth century AD. The games were then restarted in 1894 when the International Olympic Committee was founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
This year 2016 was special because the OIC created a team of refugees who competed under the Olympic flag. The reason stated was to protect athletes affected by international crises. They will also shine as a symbol of hope for refugees around the world.
Image UNHCR http://www.unhcr.org/rio-2016-refugee-olympic-team.html
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Sun Island Jamaica – Culcha blog post can report the team of refugees were accompanied by a five coaches and five other officials. The team members’ names and their sport are listed below.
Rami Anis (M) – swimming
Yiech Pur Biel (M) – athletics, 800 m
James Nyang Chiengjiek (M) – athletics, 400 m
Yonas Kinde (M) – marathon
Anjelina Nada Lohalith (F) – athletics, 1500 m
Rose Nathike Lokonyen (F) – athletics, 800 m
Paulo Amotun Lokoro (M)– athletics, 1500 m
Yolande Bukasa Mabika (F) judo, -70 kg
Yusra Mardini (F) – swimming
Popole Misenga (M) – judo, -90 kg
For more information on the Refugee Olympic Team you can find it on their own YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-292yfpAFGY0db7GAJprvKxaL05Z0lPg
Sun Island Jamaica – Olympic Spirit
This Sun Island Jamaica – Culcha blog post shares with you some of the inspiring words of the IOC President, Thomas Bach when he introduced the team to the world:
They “will be a symbol of hope for all the refugees in our world, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis. It is also a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society. These refugee athletes will show the world that despite the unimaginable tragedies that they have faced, anyone can contribute to society through their talent, skills and strength of the human spirit.”
For more information on refugees go to UN Refugee Agency here http://www.unhcr.org/