The Refugee Camp Olympians
They fled their homes in the Central African Republic. But can these refugee athletes play in the Olympics? http://cnn.it/1NI9LNv
- •William Kopati is a high-jumper and long-jumper from Central African RepublicanThe 22-year-old was the Central African Republic's national champion in 2009.
- •He was forced to flee his home in March 2013He left everything behind, including, he thought, his chances of an Olympic career.
- •This is the second time he had to flee his homeHe was a refugee from 2001 to 2003. His dream is to continue his career in athletics, despite the challenges.
- •Teddy Gossengha was the youngest player on the Central African Republic's junior national soccer teamThe 23-year-old fled the violence two years ago.
- •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.
- •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.
- •He offers free karate classes in the refugee campHe hopes that peace will return soon, allowing him to go home and resume his athletic career.
- •Nadine Adremane played on the women's national teamThe 27-year-old started playing soccer when she was 16 and was eventually selected for the women's national team.
- •Herman Ouagondas joined the CAR soccer club Video at age 15The 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.