Brazil Displaced 77K Residents For Rio Games Amid Welcoming Olympic Refugee Team

March 16, 2023 1:33 pm47 commentsViews: 248

Brazil as well as the entire world, who love sports and are the enthusiasts of sporting events, warmly welcomed the first ever Olympic Refugee Team last Friday at the Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but everyone turned to oblivion the country internally displaced 77,000 citizens to make ways for the Games.

Brazil Displaced 77K Residents For Rio Games Amid Welcoming Olympic Refugee Team

There are currently 60 million refugees around the world and this is the first time a team of refugees are competing in Olympics.

The athlete representatives have been chosen from Syria, Ethiopia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They have been handed a group of coaches as well as support staff too to help the team during the Games in Rio, Brazil.

The idea of accommodating a refugee team was announced by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach earlier this year saying, “These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,” he said.

“We will offer them a home in the Olympic Village together with all the athletes of the word. The Olympic anthem will be played in their honor and the Olympic flag will lead them into the Olympic Stadium.”

He added further that the refugee team will be a symbol of hope for other refugees across the world and also to act as a signal to the international community that they are our fellow human beings.

Share your own views whether the showpiece far differ from reality as now it is revealed Brazil displaed 77,000 residents internally, making them sort of refugee, to pave ways for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


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