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6 October 2018  12:30 - 12:55

Plenary Hall

With an unprecedented 68.5 million people living as refugees across the globe and even more populations in conflict, the world is facing a challenge that must be addressed. Sport can contribute to addressing this issue that has been difficult for institutions and governments to solve. For children and young people uprooted by war or persecution, sport provides an opportunity to be included and protected – a chance to heal, develop and grow. Sport can also be a positive catalyst for empowering refugee communities, strengthening social cohesion and forging closer ties with host communities. In 2016, the IOC created the first team of Refugee Olympic Athletes that participated in the Games as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide. During this session, two of those 10 athletes will share their personal journeys and the opportunities that sport has provided them with.

Moderator: Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production & Programming, NBC Sports Group, United States

  • Yiech Pur Biel, Track & Field Olympian, Refugee Olympic Team & Board Member, Olympic Refuge Foundation, South Sudan
  • Yusra Mardini, Swimmer, Refugee Olympic Team & Goodwill Ambassador, UNHCR, Syria

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