“All Paralympians have tales of unbelievable resilience however the tales of those athletes and their journeys as refugees surviving conflict and persecution to compete on the Paralympic Video games is off-the-charts awe inspiring,” said Andrew Parsons, Worldwide Paralympic Committee (IPC) President.

Representing greater than 120 million forcibly displaced individuals and 1.2 billion with disabilities worldwide, these eight athletes are based mostly in six nations and can compete throughout six sports activities – Para athletics, Para powerlifting, Para desk tennis, Para taekwondo, Para triathlon, and wheelchair fencing.

“These athletes have persevered and proven unbelievable dedication to get to Paris 2024 and provides each refugee all over the world hope. The Refugee Paralympic Group shines a highlight on the transformational affect of sport,” Mr. Parsons added.

‘By no means cease dreaming’

Now residing in Italy, Amelio Castro Grueso is about to compete in wheelchair fencing in Paris. After enduring the dying of his mom in Colombia at solely 16, he confronted additional tragedy simply 4 years later when he misplaced using his legs in a site visitors accident.

He was then pressured to flee his homeland attributable to threats in opposition to him, arriving in a brand new nation in a wheelchair with out understanding the language spoken or anybody to assist him.

After an extended journey of restoration, he vowed to put in writing a ebook to share his story – however realised that extra individuals would learn it if he had been a medal-winning athlete.

Of his biggest sporting achievements up to now, Mr. Grueso gained bronze within the Males’s Epee Class B within the 2024 Wheelchair fencing America’s Championship in Brazil this Might.

His expertise has proven him that, even amid great hardship, life’s most vital lesson is to by no means quit.

“By no means cease dreaming and that regardless of how tough your life or the second you’re dealing with, do not quit, maintain preventing. The day you least count on it, you can find that mild on the finish of the tunnel and that fantastic second will come when every thing adjustments for the higher,” he stated.

‘A mannequin for all of us’

Among the many different individuals is Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al Hussein. After dropping his leg in an explosion attempting to avoid wasting his good friend through the civil conflict in Syria in 2012, he fled to Greece in a wheelchair with no cash in his pocket.

This might be Mr. Hussein’s third successive Paralympic Video games representing the Refugee Paralympic Group.

In the meantime, Guillaume Junior Atangana from Cameroon is making ready for his second Paralympic Video games after ending fourth within the 400 metre T11 in Tokyo 2020.

Although he initially wished to be a terrific footballer, he turned to athletics when he misplaced his eyesight.

This yr, he’ll line up alongside his information and fellow refugee Donard Ndim Nyamjua.

‘By no means cease believing’

Whereas the tales of all of the individuals echo the immense adversity every of them have confronted, one message shines by means of time and time once more: nothing is unattainable.

“The Refugee Paralympic Group provides a mannequin for all of us. Irrespective of how tough their circumstances, these athletes have discovered a option to compete on the very highest degree of Paralympic sport,” the Refugee Paralympic Group chief Nyasha Mharakurwa stated.

World Points Information with Newsmaac

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