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'To Bless All Mankind'

Refugee runners: Olympics fields its first team without a country

From the August 15, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, June 6, 2016.


Few events cultivate as deep and enthusiastic a sense of nationalism as the Olympic Games, a weeks-long parade of national colors and elite sporting prowess. But for this year’s Summer Games, for the first time in history, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is fielding a small team of refugees—athletes representing not a country, but all those without one.