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Sport and refugees weekly: 1 July 2022

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Sport and refugees weekly: 1 July 2022

Want to know what's happening in the world of sport and refugees? Here are the top headlines for the week ending on 1 July 2022.

More than 1,500 refugees invited to Wimbledon for centenary event (The Guardian)

To celebrate 100 years of Wimbledon, more than 1,500 refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria have been invited to the tennis stadium, along with 14,000 other people from the community. Complimentary tickets have been given to celebrate the bonds created through this sporting event.

Football for mental health of refugees (sportanddev)

In 2018, Save the Children and The Arsenal Foundation launched a ground-breaking sport for development programme – Coaching for Life - aiming to tackle this issue head on and build a robust evidence base on the power of football to directly support children’s mental health, even in some of the most deprived areas of the world. 

Now, in one of the largest impact evaluation studies of its kind, early evidence suggest it is achieving these ambitious goals.  

Refugee taekwondo athlete makes journey to hone of sport (Korean Times)

19-year-old Wael Fawaz Al-Farraj lives in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. In 2016, he became of the first taekwondo practitioners in the camp. One of the first Syrian refugee athletes to participate in the Asian Taekwondo Championships, under the flag of World Taekwondo, he is visiting South Korea to participate in the Chuncheon Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships.

16-year-old Alina is a trampoline coach in Copenhagen (Grundfos Foundation)

Alina is a 16-year-old Ukrainian trampoline prodigy who reconnected with the sport in Copenhagen after fleeing her home country. With help from Danmarks Idrætsforbund (DIF), she is now training other Ukrainian refugee children.

This information has been compiled by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 22:38

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