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For the first time, refugee athletes around the world are in training hoping to compete in the IOC's newly created Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA) under the Olympic flag. In the run up to the Rio Olympics this summer, the BBC's Catharina Moh follows Syrian teenager Yusra Mardini, who fled the civil war and is now in Germany hoping to swim for team ROA. And we'll hear the stories of Popole Misenga and Yolande Mabika who escaped from the Democratic Republic of Congo to make an asylum bid during the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio where they're now living in the Rio slums and training everyday with the help of the Brazilian NOC. Finally in Kenya we meet a group of athletic competitors selected from the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps. We'll hear the story of 400m runner Rebecca Nyamal who fled South Sudan and is now hoping to qualify for the IOC's Olympic Refugee Team and make it to Rio this August.


23 min documentary.

Written and presented by Catharina Moh.

Broadcast on BBC News & BBC World News.

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