Yusra Mardini from Syria poses during a training session in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
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Prompted by the plight of millions of migrants and refugees across the world, the International Olympic Committee is creating a small team of refugees who will compete in Rio under the Olympic flag.The refugee athletes will live in the Olympic Village with the other teams.The Olympic anthem will be played if any of the athletes win a gold medal.The plan was first announced by the IOC at the United Nations last October amid the still-continuing influx of migrants and refugees, many from Syria, into Europe. The IOC set up a $2 million fund for refugees and asked national Olympic committees to identify any displaced athletes in their countries who might be able to reach Olympic standard.IOC President Thomas Bach said he expects between five and 10 athletes will make the team.The IOC has already publicly identified three athletes under consideration: 17-year-old Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini, female Iranian taekwondo athlete Raheleh Asemani, and male judoka Popole Misenga of Congo.Most of the refugees on the overcrowded boat couldn't swim.Miro said he doubts any of the refugee athletes will win medals in Rio, though that is not really the main point.
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