Olympics: Nine Africans make IOC’s Refugee Team

Olympics: Nine Africans make IOC’s Refugee Team

The International Olympic Committee has included nine refugees from Africa in its 36-man selection for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Ethiopian runner, Farida Abaroge, Cameroonian boxer Cindy Ngamba, Eritrea’s Tachlowini Gabriyesos and DR Congo’s Dorian Keletela are among the 36 athletes from 11 countries that will compete in 12 sports in Paris.

In the list dominated by Iran and Afghanistan athletes, 23 men and 13 women will compete in athletics, badminton, boxing, breaking, canoeing, cycling, judo, weightlifting, shooting, swimming, wrestling and taekwondo.

The refugees will not compete under the Olympic flag but will have a special emblem that shows a heart surrounded by arrows which symbolises how lost refugees can find their way back.

During the Paris 2024 Olympics, the refugee team will be referred to as EOR which means ‘Equipe Olympique des Refugies’.

Full List of Olympic Refugee Team

Farida Abaroge (Ethiopia), Omid Ahmadisafa (Iran), Yahya Al Ghotany (Syria), Mohammad Amin Alsalami (Syria), Amir Ansari (Afghanistan), Sibghatullah Arab (Afghanistan), Matin Balsini (Iran), Mahboubeh Barbari Zharfi (Iran), Edilio Francisco Centeno Nieves (Venezuela), Muna Dahouk (Syria), Jamal Abdelmaji Eisa Mohammed (Sudan), Saeid Fazloula (Iran), Tachlowini Gabriyesos (Eritrea), Eyeru Gebru (Ethiopia), Yekta Jamali Galeh (Iran), Fernando Dayán Jorge Enríquez (Cuba), Dorian Keletela (DR Congo), Adnan Khankan (Syria), Perina Lokure (South Sudan), Iman Mahdavi (Iran), Farzad Mansouri (Afghanistan), Alaa Maso (Syria), Kasra Mehdipournejad (Iran), Cindy Ngamba (Cameroon), Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi (Iran), Mohammad Rashnonezhad (Iran), Amir Rezanejad (Iran), Ramiro Mora Romero (Cuba), Nigara Shaheen (Afghanistan), Luna Solomon (Eritrea), Saman Soltani (Iran), Musa Suliman (Sudan), Manizha Talash (Afghanistan), Hadi Tiranvalipour (Iran), Jamal Valizadeh (Iran) and Dorsa Yavarivafa (Iran).


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