UN Boss Applauds Olympic Games and Refugee Athletes

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Brazil has been praised by the UN Secretary-General for its successful hosting of the first-ever Olympic Games to be held in South America.

Ban Ki-moon applauded the hospitality displayed at the event, which wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

The Rio Games also marked another first: the participation of an all-refugee team in the competition.

Its 10 members came from Syria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.

These athletes have changed the world’s perception of the 65 million people worldwide who have been forced from their homes, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The agency’s Deputy High Commissioner, Kelly Clements, said they have inspired everyone to do more to work for peace and to help refugees.

Rio de Janeiro is preparing to host the Paralympic Games starting in September.

UNHCR said refugee athletes will also be taking part as members of the Independent Paralympic Team.

UN Radio

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