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South Sudanese refugee athlete James Chiengjiek Nyang retains his place on the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020

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400-metre runner James Chiengjiek Nyang  will compete in his second successive Olympic Games for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team in Tokyo 2020.

James had to flee South Sudan at the age of 13 to avoid kidnap by rebels, who were forcibly recruiting child soldiers. As a refugee in neighbouring Kenya he joined long distance training sessions, despite not owning any footwear. But this didn’t stop him winning races.

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