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Athlete Refugee Team gains great experience at WCH Budapest 23

September 04 2023 - News Release News Editorial

A five-strong Athlete Refugee Team (ART) competed at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23, where great experience was gained, on and off the field of play.

Athlete Refugee Team gains great experience at WCH Budapest 23

Athletes Mohammad Amin Alsalami, Omar Hassan, Fouad Idbafdil, Anjelina Nadai Lohalith and Perina Lokure Nakang were joined by head coach Janeth Jepkosgei and ART manager Rotem Genossar in Hungary.

As well as providing an opportunity for athletes to compete on the world stage, the championships – following collaboration between World Athletics, the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Olympic Committee of Kenya and Athletics Kenya – offered other ways for ART members to get involved.

The athletes visited the local UNHCR headquarters and went on a tour of Budapest to learn more about the event host city.

They also attended events at the Museum of World Athletics (MOWA) exhibition, where Lohalith donated her winning singlet from the European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country in February. That win in Oropesa del Mar marked the first time that an ART athlete had claimed victory in an international competition. Jepkosgei, the 2007 world 800m champion, was also honoured with a World Athletics Heritage Pin.

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