A number of Syrian refugees will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics this year, after harrowing experiences in their homeland that caused them to seek safety in other countries. They include badminton players, cyclists and swimmers, and they will compete under the Olympic flag. Since the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Olympics has fielded a refugee team to give visibility to the amazing accomplishments of refugees. One of these athletes, Yusra Mardini, was on the inaugural refugee team in Rio. She said, "Sport actually gave me this really strong voice. I am using it to help refugees to get them to better places, to get them shelter and to just let the people understand that they should open borders for them."

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