Who doesn’t love a good underdog story?
When an individual or team goes up against a goliath, I think it’s only natural for most people to pull for the little guy.
It’s probably because we can relate.
So when I heard about the creation of the first ever Refugee Olympic Team, I couldn’t help but smile.
The International Olympic Committee is expected to name the members of the ROT this Friday.
The IOC has identified 43 athletes who could potentially qualify for the Rio Games, but officials say the final refugee team will have only about 5 to 10 members.
And it will compete under the Olympic flag instead of any one country.
We’ve heard that a Syrian swimmer, a judo competitor from Congo, and an Iranian taekwondo fighter will be part of the team.
I’m all for inclusion, and I think creating this team of athletes adds a little more intrigue to the biggest sports spectacle on the planet.
IOC President Thomas Bach said “we want to send a message of hope for all refugees in our world.”
The ROT gives the more than 20-million refugees around the globe a team to call their own.