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German-based Syrian refugee swimmer Yusra Mardini to compete in her second Games for IOC Refugee Olympic Team

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Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini will continue her inspirational Olympic story having been selected to compete again for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020.

Yusra brought worldwide attention to the plight of refugees when she competed for the  IOC Refugee Olympic Team in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She had fled the war in Syria with her sister, swimming for hours in open water to reach Greece and help save other lives:

“Sport saved my life,” she says. ”We almost drowned and If i wasn’t a swimmer it would have been really terrorizing me.”

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