Yonas Kinde has been selected for the Refugee Olympic Team for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 after fleeing his home country for Luxembourg in 2012.

Luxembourg City (International Olympic Committee)― Ethiopian refugee Yonas Kinde has been selected together with nine fellow refugees to be part of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The composition of the team was officially announced by the IOC today.

Yonas Kinde has been selected for the Refugee Olympic Team for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 after fleeing his home country for Luxembourg in 2012.

The marathon runner, who arrived in Luxembourg in 2012, will now represent the ROT – which will join the other teams of the 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competing in Rio. The team was created by the IOC Executive Board in March as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide.

The 36 year-old began running in Ethiopia as a teenager mainly in cross-country and 10,000m before converting to marathon running.

Source: International Olympic Committee Newsroom
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