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The Olympic Games are a moment when citizens come together. Countries come together to support the sports teams that represent their countries. Every two years, it is a global event that many people look forward to. One squad didn't necessarily match this type during the Tokyo Olympic Games in July and August of this year. A group of athletes competed on behalf of the Worldwide Refugee Community.
The Refugee Olympic Team did not represent a country when they stepped out during the opening ceremony. The athletes competed in Tokyo on behalf of the world's 82.4 million displaced people. This amount is due to persecution, violence, and breaches of human rights, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
When the inaugural Refugee Olympic Team was revealed in 2015, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach noted, "This will be a symbol of hope for all refugees in the world and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis."