In a historic announcement made by the International Olympic Committee, refugee athletes will officially be able to compete as one team under the Olympic flag. In addition to raising awareness of the plight of refugees, this development also shows the healing power of sport like never before.
According to a YouTube video posted by the IOC, the refugee Olympic team competing in this summer's 2016 Rio Olympic Games "will act as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide and bring global attention to the magnitude of the refugee crisis." The ten chosen refugee athletes will compete under the name Team Refugee Olympic Athletes and will have their own place in the opening ceremonies under the Olympic flag. The six men and four women are doing track and field, swimming and judo events.