Refugee Olympic Team Is One of the Big Winners of the Rio Olympics.
A team with no flag and no anthem came out as one of the biggest winners of the 2016 Olympic Games. The Refugee Olympic Team represented over 65 million displaced people in our world. At every turn, refugees received large cheers and encountered supportive fans.
A Congolese refugee in Brazil, Charley Kongo, said to reporters, “ We’re very happy. We are on a high. It’s a huge victory for us to be represented like this. To be recognized as human beings, as athletes, like everyone else. We are capable of being athletes, doctors, journalists. It sends a message that a refugee is like anybody else.” This is such a powerful message because it lets the rest of the world know that any individual can overcome obstacles and become the best in his or her field.
These refugee Olympians might be the most mentally strong humans in the world. With their backs up against the wall, these athletes used sports as a way to overcome life obstacles and as a result, they succeeded at the highest level. This resonates with families and children around the world, no matter what socioeconomic class they are in. It fosters a feeling of hope and positivity when it is needed most for these people.
Another Olympian, Yonas Kinde, said, “It was so amazing to be there. It showed respect for refugees. We have to remember that so many people have sacrificed their lives. We are the symbol of a fight. It gives hope to refugees. We have shown that all refugees can do something, if they have a chance.”
The Olympics, on a global stage, can provide hope for millions worldwide. These two weeks were the highlight for some and provided opportunities for nationalistic pride. This is the power of sports.
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