Refugee team from Africa to compete in Indoor Athletics track events

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By 2017-09-14

Five athletes are to compete under the Olympic Council of Asia flag at Ashgabat 2017.

The refugee team of five athletes taking part in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games has been named and will compete in Indoor Athletics Track events.

The delegation's Chef de Mission is Kenya's legendary marathon runner Tegla Loroupe, who will be joined by two more officials and a coach.

The five athletes – Paulo Amotun Lokoro (entered in 1500m), Wiyual Puok Deng (400m), Gai Yang Tap (800m), Ukuk Uthoo Bul (3000m), and Yiech Pur Biel (800m) – were selected for Ashgabat 2017 after trials organized by the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in Nairobi.

All are refugees from South Sudan, and with their four accompanying officials, will participate in the biggest ever multi-sport event to be staged in Central Asia.

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