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  • Christ the Redeemer

    Christ the Redeemer

    Members of the Refugee Olympic Team including Paulo Amotun and Yiech Biel enjoy a visit to Rio’s famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Amotun and Biel were both forced to flee their homes in southern Sudan due to the civil war that tore the country apart, before finding their way to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, home to more than 179,000 displaced people.
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  • IOC President Thomas Bach at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg

    IOC President Thomas Bach at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg

    Sport is a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg stressed on Wednesday in adopting a resolution with the aim of promoting access to sport for all. Before the adoption of the resolution, IOC President Thomas Bach addressed the Parliamentarians and the Member States. In his speech, President Bach highlighted the fact that sport plays an important role for social cohesion by providing opportunities for people of different backgrounds to interact and exchange ideas: “Sport has the unique power to bring people together, regardless of background, gender, culture or belief. The Olympic Games Rio 2016 reminded us all of this great unifying power of sport. The best example of this was the participation of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.”
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:30 AM | Photo
  • IOC President Thomas Bach and PACE President Pedro Agramunt

    IOC President Thomas Bach and PACE President Pedro Agramunt

    Sport is a bridge to equality, integration and social inclusion, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg stressed on Wednesday in adopting a resolution with the aim of promoting access to sport for all. Before the adoption of the resolution, IOC President Thomas Bach addressed the Parliamentarians and the Member States. In his speech, President Bach highlighted the fact that sport plays an important role for social cohesion by providing opportunities for people of different backgrounds to interact and exchange ideas: “Sport has the unique power to bring people together, regardless of background, gender, culture or belief. The Olympic Games Rio 2016 reminded us all of this great unifying power of sport. The best example of this was the participation of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team.”
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:00 AM | Photo
  • Olympic Forum - Buenos Aires 2018

    Olympic Forum - Buenos Aires 2018

    (L-R) Moderator Jim Bell, Yiech Pur Biel and Yusra Mardini - Journey From Refugee to Olympian: Spotlight on Rio 2016 Olympic Team during day 2 of the Olympic Forum Buenos Aires 2018 at CECBA on October 6, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Sunday, October 7, 2018 4:29 PM | Photo
  • Olympic Forum - Buenos Aires 2018

    Olympic Forum - Buenos Aires 2018

    Thomas Bach and panelists - Journey From Refugee to Olympian: Spotlight on Rio 2016 Olympic Team during day 2 of the Olympic Forum Buenos Aires 2018 at CECBA on October 6, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Sunday, October 7, 2018 4:36 PM | Photo
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