Rio de Janeiro, Aug 2: At the Rio Olympics 2016, 10 athletes will create history when they march at the Opening Ceremony on August 5 as part of the first of its kind - Refugee Olympic Team (ROT). (Opening Ceremony start time in IST, TV info)
In June, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) named a 10-member squad of refugees from 4 different countries, helping them realise their dreams of competing at the Games.
"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," IOC president Thomas Bach said.
"There has never been such a team before - the IOC has never organised such a team before so it is new for everyone, it is without precedent," he added.
The members of ROT have already started arriving in Rio de Janeiro and are staying at the Athletes Village.
Who are all in ROT? Find out in the slideshow. All photos from IOC.
Yusra Mardini, the youngest in ROT
Yusra Mardini (Syria) - Swimming; Host NOC - Germany (Age - 18 years). She fled Syria in 2015 and has now settled in Germany.
Rami Anis (Syria) - Swimming; Host National Olympic Committee (NOC) - Belgium (Age - 25 years). "Anis fled Syria in 2011 when he was 20 years old and likely to have been called up to join the army for national service. To avoid military involvement in the civil war Anis and his family joined his brother in Turkey before resettling in Belgium four years later," IOC said.
Yonas Kinde (Ethiopia) - Athletics (marathon); Host NOC - Luxembourg (Age - 36 years). "But I am here and I am alive, so I'm happy and lucky also," he said.
Yiech Pur Biel
Yiech Pur Biel (South Sudan) - Athletics (800m); Host NOC - Kenya (Age - 21 years)
Paulo Amotun Lokoro
Paulo Amotun Lokoro (South Sudan) - Athletics (1,500m); Host NOC - Kenya (Age - 24 years)
James Nyang Chiengjiek
James Nyang Chiengjiek (South Sudan) - Athletics (400m); Host NOC - Kenya (Age - 28 years)
Anjelina Nadai Lohalith
Anjelina Nadai Lohalith (South Sudan) - Athletics (1,500m); Host NOC - Kenya (Age - 21 years)
Popole Misenga (Democratic Republic of Congo) - Judo (-90kg) (Age 24 years)
Yolande Bukasa Mabika
Yolande Bukasa Mabika (Democratic Republic of Congo) - Judo (-70kg); Host NOC - Brazil (Age 28 years)
Rose Nathike Lokonyen
Rose Nathike Lokonyen (South Sudan) - Athletics (800m); Host NOC - Kenya (Age - 21 years)