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Goodwill Ambassador the refugee who participated at the Olympic Games of Rio

Tokyo 2020 welcomed the nineteen-year-old Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini, who competed at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 as a member of the Refugee Olympic Team. This brave young lady was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in April 2017, and today she shared her experiences as an athlete, a refugee and an ambassador during her visit.

In front of a crowd of Tokyo 2020 staff members who gathered to meet her, Mardini was joined by two-time swimming Olympian and current Tokyo 2020 staff member Hanae Ito, by Dirk Hebecker, the 12th UNHCR Representative in Japan, and by Toru Sugio, Director of Protocol at Tokyo 2020.

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