Sport and refugees weekly: 11 April 2021
Sport and refugees weekly: 11 April 2021
Want to know what's happening in the world of sport and refugees? Here are the top headlines for the week ending on 11 April 2021.
Ali Noghandoost is a taekwondo athlete who is an Olympic Solidarity Refugee Athlete Scholarship holder. He reflects on his journey through life and as a refugee, and how sport has helped him through the toughest of times. In 2015, Noghandoost left Iran and started his life as a refugee, first heading to Turkey, then Greece, and after a short stay in Austria, he finally found a safe settlement in Croatia. Now, he is training to participate in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 games.
TIBU Maroc and the UNHCR have launched a partnership to help refugees in Morocco settle into their new lives through sport. Morocco hosts around 12,000 refugees and asylum seekeres, and serves as a transit and host country for refugees and asylees from the African continent. This partnership seeks to provide refugee children and youth with opportunities to integrate themselves into Moroccan society through their participation in sport.
Unilever's brand, Rexona, launched the Breaking Limits programme on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, celebrating the power of sports to drive social change and affect community development. Rexona has partnered with Beyond Sport to deliver the programme, and will join forced with local sport for development organisations to ensure its reach to young people across the world.
Asif Sultani, an Afghanistan-born refugee, is a karate athlete. His family fled Afhganistan when he was seven, and in order to protect himself from bullies, he decided to learn martial arts, inspired by Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon. His journey to gaining refugee status, at the age of 18, in Australia, has not been an easy one. Yet, he has conquered every challenge to become a Olympic Refugee Athlete Scholarship holder, and is now training in the hopes to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Tegla Loroupe is a three-time world half marathon champion who established the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation almost two decades ago, dedicating her life to harness the power of sport to promote peace. A lot of her work concentrates on working with refugee youth, and it is a reflection of her own journey through childhood in a conflict-ridden area.
Anjelina Nadai Lohalith fled South Sudan as a child with her aunt, settling in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. This is where Lohalith took up running. She was one of the ten athletes that were part of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016, and is now training to qualify for her second Olympics, which will be her first as a mother.
Yiech Pur Biel is a South Sudan-born long distance runner, who fled his native country and took up refuge in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. He realised his potential as a runner when he participated in a UNHCR-organised 10 kilometer run in 2015, and came in third place while running barefoot. He eventually became part of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team at Rio in 2016, participating in the 800 meters event.
Andrew Parsons, the president of the International Paralympic Committee, joined a recent UNHCR workshop for the Sustainability Development Goals Global Festival of Action. Other panellists in his talk included UNHCR representative Megumi Aoyama and South Sudanese refugees Nyanen Juch Malik and Keth Aguer Bul.
As part of Amnesty International's Football Welcomes campaign, the Queens Park Rangers In the Community Trust have joined football clubs across the UK to welcome refugees and asylees. Football Welcomes is an annual campaign run by Amnesty and is now in its fifth year.
The Sunderland City Council is partnering with other groups, such as the Sunderland Association Football Club, the Foundation and Beacon of Light, University of Sunderland and the city's voluntary community to participate in Amnesty International's annual Football Welcomes Refugees campaign.
This information has been compiled by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.