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June 6, 2016

The Refugee Olympic Team now has its official members. The team, made up of athletes from war-torn countries, was selected by an international committee. A total of 43 men and women ages 17 to 30 applied for membership in this team.

Competing for the Refugee Olympic Team will be Syrian swimmer Rami Anis and Yusra Mardini; runners Yiech Pur Biel, James Nyang Chiengjiek, Anjelina Nada Lohalith, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, and Paulo Amotun Lokoro from South Sudan, Ethiopian runner Yonas Kinde; and Democratic Republic of the Congo's Yolande Bukasa Mabika and Popole Misenga, both competing in judo.

The athletes are displaced from their home countries by warfare. The Olympic movement has provided money to help with the athletes' training.

The Refugee Olympic Team athletes will live in the Olympic Village, alongside other teams and will receive their own welcome ceremony at the Olympic Village, just like other teams. Refugee Team athletes will wear their own team's uniforms, provided by the International Olympic Committee.

Any Refugee Team athlete who wins a gold medal will see the Olympic flag raised and hear the Olympic anthem played at their medal ceremony. In the Opening Ceremonies, the Refugee Team athletes will march under the Olympic flag, appearing just before Brazil, the host nation for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee made the announcement of membership in the Refugee Team.

The Olympics will run August 5–21. In all, 306 events encompassing 41 disciplines and 28 sports will take place.

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