Photo Gallery: Refugee team stands tall at Ashgabat 2017
Five athletes were selected to the Ashgabat 2017 Refugee team following trials organised by the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya – with Paulo Amotun Lokoro, Wiyual Puok Deng, Gai Nyang Tap, Ukuk Uthoo Bul and Yiech Pur Biel proudly representing the delegation.
Biel reached the semi-final of the men’s 800m race, while Bul was able to make the final of the men’s 3000m event, where he finished seventh.
The team’s Chef de Mission Tegla Loroupe, a three-time half-marathon world champion and triple Olympian from Kenya, requested that more big sporting events welcome refugee athletes with open arms.
“While athletes from Africa and other continents can fly to any part of the world to compete, refugees cannot do so. But it is amazing how sport has helped them,” said Loroupe.
“I hope other organisers of major events will open their doors to refugee athletes so that they can compete at the highest levels.