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South Sudanese refugee, James Nyang Chiengjiek, selected for Refugee Olympic Team at Olympic Games Rio 2016

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South Sudanese refugee James Nyang Chiengjiek has been selected together with nine fellow refugees to be part of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, 15 years after fleeing his home country. The composition of the team was officially announced by the IOC today.

The 28 year-old left South Sudan in 2001 but will now represent the ROT which will join the other teams of the 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competing in Rio. The team was created by the IOC Executive Board last March as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide. .

Chiengjiek, who left South Sudan for Kenya in 2002, joined the Kakuma refugee camp where the UNHCR supported him. He went to school and started running there. In 2013 he took part in athletics trials organized by the Tegla Loroupe Foundation, showed promising results and was selected to join the Foundation. He will compete in the 400m.

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