After 8 months of intensive training and assesment, five refugee athletes at the Tegla Loroupe Training center have been selected for the Rio 2016 olympic games due to start in August. The five comprise resilient, talented refugees whose potential has just been uncovered within a short period of training.
Tears of joy flooded the eyes of the few selected, who also acknowledged the hardwork ahead of them to the games.
"It is a priviledge and honor to be chosen to participate in the olympic games, from among all these very good runners in the camp, I have worked so hard, and hope to do well in Rio" says Anjelina, one of the chosen female athletes.
Rose Nathike and Anjelina Nadai, two resilient young women who have overcome their refugee status and will now take part in Olympics this August
The Tegla Loroupe Training Center for Refugee Athletes is a facility run to train refugees intending to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and to enable refugees with athletic potential exploit their talent, and be advocates of peace in the world through sports.
Athletes at the Center come from Dadaab and Kakuma. Both are two of the world's largest refugee camps. As Oxfam ambassador to darfur, Tegal visited these camps and the idea of setting up a training center for potential athletes was conceived.
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