Refugee Olympic Athletes

A select group of athletes, known as Team Refugee Olympic Athletes, participated the Rio Olympics in 2016. Team Refugee marched under the Olympic flag, walking out ahead of host nation Brazil during the opening ceremony. This project by the IOC was largely symbolic, aiming to send a message of hope for all refugees in the world at a time of large refugee crises around the world.

The Athletes

The team comprised 10 athletes from the Middle East and North Africa. They competed as the Refugee Olympic Team with the country code ROT. The team did not win any medals. If any of the athletes were win gold, the Olympic anthem was to be played as the winner took to the podium.


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