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Ileana Rodriguez, who will be leading the Refugee Paralympic Team at the Tokyo Games, is excited that refugee para athletes will be able to provide a much-needed message of hope in difficult times come next summer.

Rodriguez, a former refugee who represented the United States in swimming at the 2012 London Paralympics, told Kyodo News in a recent interview that she hopes to see the Refugee Paralympic Team use sport as a means to contribute to a more inclusive world.

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