What is the Olympic Refugee Team flag? Bearers dazzle at Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony

Amber Peake July 23, 2021
What is the Olympic Refugee Team flag? Bearers dazzle at Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony
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Following the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, some may have spotted the Olympic Refugee Team during the parade of nations. Now some are curious to know more about the Olympic Refugee Team’s flag. 

What is the Olympic Refugee Team flag?

The Refugee Team were seen walking with the Olympic flag, which features the classic blue, yellow, black, green and red interlocking rings.

The Olympic flag was also seen alongside the team in 2016 when they made their debut as they competed in the summer Olympic games.

At the time, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach spoke about how the flag unites the team. He explained: “These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem.

“We will offer them a home in the Olympic Village together with all the athletes of the word. The Olympic anthem will be played in their honour and the Olympic flag will lead them into the Olympic Stadium.”

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What does EOR mean in the 2020 Olympics?

EOR is the IOC title that the Refugee Olympic Team will compete under throughout the 2020 Tokyo games.

The term is an acronym for Equipe Olympique des Réfugiés which translated from French means Refugee Olympic Team.

In the 2016 summer Olympics, the Refugee Olympic Team had previously competed under the IOC title ROT.

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Who are the flag bearers? Meet the team

The flag bearers seen holding the Olympic flag at the opening ceremony today were swimmer Yusra Mardini and distance runner Tachlowini Gabriyesos.

Mardini and Gabriyesos are two of 29 athletes who will compete as part of the Refugee Olympic Team in this year’s games.

The full team includes:

  • Anjelina Nadai Lohalith – Athletics
  • Dorian Keletela – Athletics
  • Jamal Abdelmaji Eisa Mohammed – Athletics
  • James Chiengjiek Nyang – Athletics
  • Paulo Amotun Lokoro – Athletics
  • Rose Nathike Likonyen – Athletics
  • Tachlowini Gabriyesos – Athletics
  • Javad Mahjoub – Judo
  • Muna Dahouk – Judo
  • Nigara Shaheen – Judo
  • Popole Misenga – Judo
  • Sanda Aldass – Judo
  • Ahmad Alikaj – Judo
  • Alaa Maso – Swimming
  • Yusra Mardini – Swimming
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  • Ahmad Badreddin Wais – Cycling
  • Masomah Ali Zada – Cycling
  • Eldric Samuel Sella Rodriguez – Boxing
  • Wessam Salamana – Boxing
  • Saeid Fazloula – Canoe
  • Aram Mahmoud – Badminton
  • Hamoon Derafshipour – Karate
  • Wael Shueb – Karate
  • Luna Solomon – Shooting
  • Cyrille Fagat Tchatchet II – Weightlifting
  • Aker Al Obaidi – Wrestling
  • Abdullah Sediqi – Taekwondo
  • Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi – Taekwondo
  • Kimia Alizadeh – Taekwondo
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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at Express.co.uk as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.