What is the EOR Olympic team and how is it formed?

What is the EOR Olympic team and how is it formed?
What is the EOR Olympic team and how is it formed?

Twenty-nine athletes are representing the Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) in Tokyo at the Olympic Games.

In the summer of 2015, the IOC, with help from trailblazing marathon runner and peace ambassador Tegla Loroupe, established a Refugee Emergency Fund to help international aid agencies integrate refugees in sport.

The Games’ governing body also pledged to financially support a select group of refugee athletes in a scholarship programme with the aim of them competing under the Olympic banner.

In Rio, ten athletes, who had been forced to flee countries such as South Sudan and Syria due to ongoing conflict, oppression and civil war, were selected by the IOC and were able to fulfil their dreams of competing in the Games.

The IOC’s president, Thomas Bach, hailed their participation as a message of hope to the world’s estimated 80 million displaced people.

“By welcoming the team of Refugee Olympic Athletes to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, we want to send a message of hope for all refugees in our world," ele disse.

“Having no national team to belong to, having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the Olympic flag and with the Olympic Anthem.

“They will have a home together with all the other 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees in the Olympic Village.”

After the success of the team’s participation in 2016, with 18-year-old Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini winning her heat in the 100m butterfly, the IOC increased their scholarship programme to 55 athletes for the Tokyo Games, com 29 competitors ultimately selected.

They have already experienced great success in Tokyo, também, with Kimia Alizadeh Zonoozi stunning Britain’s Jade Jones in their round of 16 women’s 57kg taekwondo bout.

Alizadeh had become Iran’s first female medallist in Rio 2016 but recently fled the country after criticising the government’s oppressive treatment of women. Now residing in Germany, she joined the EOR team for the Tokyo Games.

Another representative of the EOR team is Cyrille Fagat Tchatchet II, who will compete in the men’s 96kg weightlifting competition. After fleeing Cameroon, Tchatchet was granted refugee status in the UK and worked for the NHS in hospital wards during the pandemic.

Tristemente, Loroupe, who has helped train several of the athletes at her foundation in Kenya, was unable to lead the team out in Tokyo after testing positive for Covid-19 before their departure. “The athletes have a lot to share with the world,” ela disse O Independente no início deste ano. “That resilience is something everyone can learn from them. They are strong people who fought for life. They are not just refugees, they are ambassadors.”

Who are the EOR athletes?

  • Alaa MasoMFreestyle 50m swimming – Síria
  • Yusra Mardini – F – Butterfly 100m swimming – Síria
  • Dorian KeletalaM – 100m athleticsCongo
  • Rose Nathinke Likonyen – F – 800m athleticsSouth Sudan
  • James Nyang ChiengjiekM – 800m athleticsSouth Sudan
  • Anjelina Nadai LohalithF -1500m athleticsSouth Sudan
  • Paulo Amotun LokoroM – 1500m athleticsSouth Sudan
  • Jamal Abdelmaj Eisa MohammedM – 5000m athleticsSudan
  • Tachlowini GabriyesosMMarathonEritrea
  • Aram MahmoudMBadminton – Síria
  • Wessam SalamanaMLightweight boxing – Síria
  • Eldric Sella RodriguezMMiddleweight boxingVenezuela
  • Saeid FazoulaMKayak (K-1) 1000m – Irã
  • Masomah Ali Zada – F – Time trial cycling – Afeganistão
  • Ahmad Badreddin WaisM Time trial cycling – Síria
  • Sanda Aldass – F – Judo – Síria
  • Ahmad AlikajMJudo – Síria
  • Muna Dahouk FJudo – Síria
  • Javad MahjoubMJudo – Irã
  • Popole MisengaMJudoDR Congo
  • Nigara Shaeen – F – Judo – Afeganistão
  • Wael ShuebMKarate (kata) – Síria
  • Hamoon DerafshipourMKarate (kumite) – Irã
  • Luna Solomon – F – 10m air rifle shootingEritrea
  • Dina Pourounes Langeroudi – F – 49kg taekwondo – Irã
  • Kimia Alizadeh – F – 57kg taekwondo – Irã
  • Abdullah SediqiM – 68kg taekwondo – Afeganistão
  • Cyrille Fagat Tchatchet IIM – 96kg weightliftingCameroon
  • Aker Al ObaidiM – 67kg wrestling – Iraque

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