Casablanca - The approval of the Olympic Agenda 2016 represented something really interesting and special this year as it united all people and built strong bridges between cultures of the world.
Casablanca – The approval of the Olympic Agenda 2016 represented something really interesting and special this year as it united all people and built strong bridges between cultures of the world.
The Olympic Games hosted in Rio put a special spotlight on the worldwide refugee crisis due to the team of refugee athletes, which acted as a symbol of hope and peace for the world as they brought global attention to the magnitude of the issue.
The Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) competed for the first time and included 10 athletes. They benefited from the same treatment as every participant in the Olympic Village and like all teams at the Olympic Games. These refugees have no home, no team, no national anthem. They are just victims of wars that they maybe have no part in. They were offered a home in the Olympic Village along with all the athletes of the world. They were presented like fellow human beings to the enrichment of the world community. These refugees are true fighters as they have shown real work ethic despite the tragedies they faced. They overcame wars through their skills, talent, and dedication.
The team offered a great push and motivation to the simplest athletes. They have shown a great spirit of leadership in an entertainment domain like sports that actually calls for unity and peace.
The ROT’s 10 athletes hailed from different countries including Syria, South Sudan, Kenya, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia.
Yusra Mardini, an 18-year-old competitor from Syria who was the inspiration of the Rio games claimed: “This is really good, because it is helping to send our message to the world, and show everyone that refugees can do something. The only things I know now are that I want to continue swimming and continue supporting refugees.”
Rami Anis, a 25-year-old Syrian refugee who swam butterfly in Rio said, “I hope that in Tokyo 2020 there will be no refugee team, as I hope for all wars to end and so all athletes will be able to compete.”
There is something we can all learn from Rio’s spirited opening ceremony more than just combating climate change. There is also the insecurity that went global. The world expected a better future, and it hoped for great icons of peace too.
In addition to the refugee team, Mary-Al Atrash, a young female competitor from Palestine, took part for the first time in the Olympic Games in Rio. She is a part of the largest delegation Palestine has ever sent to the Olympic Games since they first participated in the competition in Atlanta in 1996. Mary- Al Atrash faced so many obstacles and a long journey to put her feet in Rio. She actually left Palestine while she was in training phase, because there were no swimming pools in her country.
Indeed, it amazes me when famous events and ceremonies reminder us that the world is peaceful by nature by promoting something inspirational. The Olympic Games sent a strong message to the world, and the refugee team served as the most peaceful weapon against wars and global crisis.