Refugees as Olympic Athletes

Refugee DeterminedCongratulations to Paulo, Aker and Jamal – all your hard work and effort paid off. We’re proud to support you and every Refugee Olympic Team athlete to bring hope through sport. You rock guys! #RefugeeOlympicTeam #EOR

So much love for our athletes! On day 10 at #Tokyo2020, Paulo ran a season’s best time. Aker made the quarter finals in his first Olympic experience and Jamal fought until the end, improving his personal best time considerably.


Aker Al Obaidi - Greco Roman wrestling
Wrestling at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will feature two disciplines, freestyle and Greco-Roman, which will be further divided into different weight categories. Men will compete in both disciplines whereas women will only participate in the freestyle events, with 18 gold medals awarded. Wrestling has been contested at every modern Summer Olympic Games, except Paris 1900.


Aker Al Obaidi - Greco Roman wrestling
16 wrestlers compete in each division. The competition consists of a single-elimination tournament, with a repechage used to determine the winner of two bronze medals. The two finalists face off for gold and silver medals. Each wrestler who loses to one of the two finalists moves into the repechage, culminating in a pair of bronze medal matches featuring the semifinal losers each facing the remaining repechage opponent from their half of the bracket.


 Jamal Abdelmaji Eisa Mohammed - refugee athlete

Athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics is being held during the last ten days of the Games. They were due to be held from 31 July – 8 August 2020, at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the games were postponed to 2021, with the track and field events set for 30 July – 8 August 2021.


Paulo Amotun Lokoro - refugee athlete

The sport of athletics at these Games is split into three distinct sets of events: track and field events, road running events, and racewalking events. A total of 48 events will be held, one more than in 2016, with the addition of a mixed relay event


Paulo Amotun Lokoro - refugee athlete

Apart from the race walks and marathon, nine track and field events will hold finals in the morning session to ensure that they receive maximum visibility for the sport across all time zones


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