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Sport and refugees weekly: 23 May 2021

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Sport and refugees weekly: 23 May 2021

Want to know what's happening in the world of sport and refugees? Here are the top headlines for the week ending on 23 May 2021.

UEFA and UNHCR partner to support refugees (UNHCR)

UEFA and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have this week signed a Cooperation Protocol to support refugee access to sport and enhance social inclusion. The Protocol commits to empowering refugees and victims of forced replacements through football. The agreement was signed by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and UEFA’s Football and Social Responsibility Director, Michele Uva, on Wednesday at UNHCR’s headquarters in Geneva.

Random acts of kindness central to Ibrahim Al Hussein’s journey to Tokyo (IPC)

Ibrahim Al Hussein, the son of a swim coach father who won two silver medals in the Asian Championships in his youth, started swimming at the age of five. When the Syrian civil war began, Al Hussein’s family fled, while he stayed behind. In Syria, Al Hussein lost his lower right leg in a blast while trying to save a friend who had been shot by a sniper. He then fled to Turkey and then further to Greece. In 2016, he carried the Olympic torch through a refugee accommodation in Athens. This is his story.

Refugee children to tour Panathenaic Stadium as part of HOC initiative (Inside the Games)

The Hellenic Olympic Committee has launched a new initiative giving young refugees the chance to tour the Panathenaic Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics, held in 1896.

Asylum seekers in Bosnia find joy in cricket (Outlook)

Thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia are stranded in Bosnia, waiting for a chance to move toward Western Europe. Asylum seekers in the country got together with activists to organise cricket matches in their camps, to put their daily struggles aside for a couple of hours in the day. The Baobab Experience Association is one organisation that has been working with to raise funds to support cricket activities in Bosnian refugee camps.

Cultures United: Fostering community through soccer (South Seattle Emerald)

Cultures United is not just any football club – it is a mission-driven endeavour, rooted in social justice, inclusion, and the celebration of diversity. With three teams for youth, soccer camps and training sessions, Cultures United provides free programmes to all its participants, with an aim to reach immigrants and refugees, who are often vulnerable and in economically precarious situations. On and off the field, Cultures United is trying to make football a more inclusive space for all people, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and racial identity. 

Kenya and Tanzania: How sport affects nationalism, and attitudes towards refugees (The Conversation)

recent study has tested how wins by national sports teams affects attitudes towards those individuals seen as foreigners, especially refugees, highlighting the impact sport has on nationalism and national pride. The study found that winning increases national pride and simultaneously increases animosity towards refugees and others seen as ‘foreigners.’

In Kenya, 8 women are chasing Olympic dreams and spots on the Refugee Olympic Team (Women’s Running)

8 refugee women have been training in Kenya under world championship marathon runner Tegla Loroupe, hoping to earn a spot on the Olympic Refugee Team. Though COVID-19 affected their training schedule, they are now back to getting ready for the upcoming Games. The 8 Olympic aspirants are Rose Nathike Lokonyen, Angelina Nadai Lohalith, Josephine Tain Augustino, Clementina Ihure Rolando, Chagen Dang, Lydia Philip Mamun, Rose Ihisa Uwaro and Atalena Napule Gaspore.

Tackling Inequalities Funding to develop Walks for Health (Active Humber)

The Tackling Inequalities Funding has been used by Welcome House in Hull to support asylum seekers and refugees undertake health walks across the city. The funding helped secure employment of 5 facilitators who organise and deliver the walks. These walks have helped participants not only engage in physical activity, but also socialise and meet more people, both of which have been missing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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