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South Sudanese refugee, Yiech Pur Biel, selected for Refugee Olympic Team at Olympic Games Rio 2016

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South Sudanese refugee Yiech Pur Biel 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 21 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.

Biel, who fled his home country in 2005, only recently discovered running having played football at school – something which adds to the pride of being selected as part of the ROT.

He said: “It will be an amazing time in life because it will be the first achievement in my life to go to that place. I’ve never been out of Kakuma between 2005 and 2014 but to go out to Brazil it will be a great moment in my life and a story to my children and grandchildren.”

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