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Football 16 Dec 2017 | 4:07 AM

Syrian refugee's dream comes true with Messi meeting

(Reuters) - A young Syrian refugee's dreams came true when she met Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team mates after the club invited her to attend a La Liga match earlier this month.

Swimming 27 Apr 2017 | 11:39 PM

Syrian refugee Olympic swimmer becomes UNHCR ambassador

GENEVA (Reuters) - She escaped the bombs of Syria, and almost drowned when her dinghy capsized off Greece, but Yusra Mardini then competed at the Olympics and has now been appointed a U.N. goodwill ambassador to be a voice for people seeking shelter from war.

Swimming 25 Jul 2016 | 9:25 AM

Refugees primed to pump up Games feel-good factor

BERLIN (Reuters) - When record Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the king of sprinting Usain Bolt resume their hunt for world records and gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month they will not be the only big stories in town.

Athletics 04 Jun 2016 | 1:13 AM

Jubilant refugee athletes pledge to take Rio chance

NGONG, Kenya, June 3 (Reuters) - Five Kenyan-based athletes from South Sudan who were named in the first Olympic refugee team on Friday have pledged to use this year's Rio Games to showcase the talents of refugees.

Other Sport 22 Apr 2016 | 9:53 PM

Refugee amputee swimmer a torch-bearer for Rio Games

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Syrian amputee swimmer, granted asylum in Greece, will be a torch-bearer for the 2016 Rio Games and is to run with the Olympic flame through a refugee camp in Athens on Tuesday.

Other Sport 24 Jan 2008 | 12:00 AM

Barca, UN team up to help kids through sport

Barcelona on Tuesday signed an agreement with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to help refugee children in Ecuador, Nepal and Rwanda develop important life skills through sport.