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Running for peace: The Olympic refugee team

Running for peace: The Olympic refugee team

by Reach Sports TV

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In ‘Running for Peace’ we meet Kenya’s refugee athletes. Hailing from war-torn regions including South Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, they have all overcome huge odds to become part of a select team of runners in Ngong village.

Last summer, they made headlines when some of them joined the first ever refugee team to take part in the Olympic Games.

Speaking in the run-up to the Rio event, their coach Tegla Loroupe spoke of their dreams. “We are here as a family. When we stick together, when we run we are looking at one goal,” said Kenyan distance runner Tegla. “We want to go to Rio. And when we go to Rio our people who have their own differences, they will see one thing, and that’s solidarity.”

This month the team won The Laureus Award for sporting inspiration.