As part of the celebrations of the Olympic Day of June 23, which falls in the week of the “World Refugee Day “, an exclusive series of interviews will tell the stories of the athletes of the Olympic refugee team of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) along with big names in cinema, entertainment and sport.
Waiting for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the collection of interviews will give voice to the sports champions of the incredible team of the “Refugee Olympic Athletes”, 29 athletes selected by the IOC to compete in this summer’s Games. The team, made up of young people from 11 countries around the world, was in fact created by the International Olympic Committee and its President, Thomas Bach, on the occasion of the Rio 2016 Games. The series aspires to tell the stories of these athletes with a unique experience, to give a strong message of hope and resilience to the more than 82.4 million forced migrants in the world.
“In Conversation”, produced by Eurosport – the leading multisport brand of Discovery and Home of the Olympics in Europe * – in collaboration with the IOC and the UNHCR, it has a great mission: to involve an ever wider audience in getting to know these incredible refugee Olympic athletes. The interviews will be a way, not only to give new perspectives to their stories, but also to create greater awareness of the power of sport to help displaced people rebuild their lives.
In conversation: Yusra & Katie offers a very interesting point of view. The youngest UNHCR ambassador, Yusra Mardini, who was part of the Refugee Olympic Athletes team created by the IOC at the Rio 2016 Games and which will compete in Tokyo 2020, meets Katie Ledecky, one of the strongest middle distance runners in the history of swimming and five times gold medal at the Olympic Games This champion is also ready to compete in Tokyo 2020, part of Team USA, thanks to her record victories. She is the most decorated woman in the history of swimming, not only thanks to the Olympic titles but also to the 15 gold medals at the World Championships.
Subsequent episodes will involve UNHCR Goodwill Ambassadors, such as the actress Nomzamo Mbatha and the footballer and former refugee Alphonso Davies, along with Refugee Olympic Athletes, such as Anjelina Nadai Lohalith, the 1500 meters runner born in South Sudan and the swimmer Alaa Maso, originally from Aleppo (Syria). As each athlete and each supporter learns to know each other, the conversations will become more intimate, going to deepen more and more the compelling stories of the athletes, the journeys, the joys and the difficulties that have led them to a great goal: competing in the most important world sporting event. The series is available on platforms UNHCR, IOC and Discovery, including discovery + is Eurosport.com.
“In Conversation” follows the IOC announcement earlier this month regarding the Olympic refugee team heading to Tokyo 2020. Eurosport, in partnership with the IOC, launches a campaign to further support the IOC Olympic refugee team at the Tokyo 2020 Games.