The Refugee Camp Olympians

They fled their homes in the Central African Republic. But can these refugee athletes play in the Olympics?
  1. William Kopati is a high-jumper and long-jumper from Central African Republican
    The 22-year-old was the Central African Republic's national champion in 2009.
  2. He was forced to flee his home in March 2013
    He left everything behind, including, he thought, his chances of an Olympic career.
  3. This is the second time he had to flee his home
    He was a refugee from 2001 to 2003. His dream is to continue his career in athletics, despite the challenges.
  4. Teddy Gossengha was the youngest player on the Central African Republic's junior national soccer team
    The 23-year-old fled the violence two years ago.
  5. Now, he's president of the soccer team in the Mole refugee camp
    "I've lost almost two years... I don't know when the war will finish. The more I stay here, the more I will lose my talent," he said.
  6. Martial Nantouna won the national championship in karate for his age group in 1998 and 2000.
    The 36-year-old decided to flee his home in December 2013.
  7. He offers free karate classes in the refugee camp
    He hopes that peace will return soon, allowing him to go home and resume his athletic career.
  8. Nadine Adremane played on the women's national team
    The 27-year-old started playing soccer when she was 16 and was eventually selected for the women's national team.
  9. Herman Ouagondas joined the CAR soccer club Video at age 15
    The 19-year-old fled when his house was attacked and looted. Still scared by conditions back home, he does not want to return before peace has been restored.