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South Sudanese refugee, Paulo Amotun Lokoro, selected for Refugee Olympic Team at Olympic Games Rio 2016

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South Sudanese refugee Paulo Amotun Lokoro has been selected together with nine fellow refugees to be part of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The composition of the team was officially announced by the IOC today.

The 24 year-old 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 in March as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide.

Ahead of competing at Rio 2016, Lokoro is aware of the impact representing refugees at the Olympic Games could have on the world.

“You know there, you meet many people there, you are going to run with the world. You meet with the refugees, not asylum that is a refugee somewhere.

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