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First-ever refugee team to compete in the Olympics

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>> For some, they've come to symbolize their own nation of people. And on Friday the International Olympic Committee affirming that notion, by unveiling its first ever team of athlete refugees. IOC President Thomas Bach calling the move historic.>> This refugee Olympic team will consist of 10 refugee athletes and 12 officials.
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>> And all heading to the summer games in Rio. Among them Yusra Mardini, a swimmer from Syria now living in Germany who, found herself in a harrowing situation on the water when fleeing Damascus 10 months ago. Joining her, Filipino swimmer Roma Aniece, who now calls Belgium his home.
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And from the Congo, Papole Masenga and Yolanda Robeca. Both now living in Brazil and competing in Judo.>> I was separated from my family a long time ago. We have not spoken or seen each other for many years. I've forgotten what my brother looks like. Now with this opportunity the Olympics have given me to appear on television, my family will know that I am in Brazil, that they have not lost me, that I did not die.
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>> Six men and four women in all to be housed in the athletes village along with all other national teams And who will enter the stadium ahead of host nation Brazil. The Olympic flag and anthem accompanying them.