In Berlin, Yusra met swimming coach Sven Spannekrebs, who helped her return to training. In the months that followed, the International Olympic Committee made an exciting announcement. That summer in Rio, a team of refugee athletes would compete for the first time at the Olympic Games.
Yusra was offered a place on the first ever Refugee Olympic Team in recognition of her courage, determination and inspiring story. Yusra fulfilled her childhood dream in August 2016 when she travelled to Brazil to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The organizers of the Olympics have appointed 29 athletes to the refugee team for the summer games. Swimmer Yusra Mardini is participating for the second time. In Tokio she will be again part of the Refugees Olympic Team.
“COMPETING AT THE OLYMPICS HAS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE SINCE I WAS A YOUNG GIRL!”