The athletes of the Refugee Paralympic Team hope to preach the gospel of sports when they compete in the upcoming Tokyo Games by showing fellow displaced and disabled people around the world how sporting experiences transformed their lives.
The team — comprised of one woman and five men with roots in Afghanistan, Burundi, Iran, and Syria — will compete in athletics, swimming, canoe and taekwondo. They are led by Chef de Mission Ileana Rodriguez, a former refugee from Cuba who represented the United States in swimming at the 2012 London Paralympics.
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