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Refugee team from Africa to compete in Indoor Athletics track events
Central Asia | sport | 09:18, 12 September 2017 | 1522

AKIPRESS.COM - The refugee team of five athletes taking part in Ashgabat 2017 has been named and will compete in the 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 organised by the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in Nairobi.

All are refugees from South Sudan, and with their four accompanying officials, will form one of the 65 delegations participating in the multi-sport event to be staged in Central Asia. Of the five, Lokoro and Biel competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while the other three will be competing at their first international event.

The Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games are the fifth edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, and will take place in Turkmenistan from September 17–27.

There will be 21 sports at Ashgabat 2017 across 15 venues over 12 days of competition. The 21 sports are 3x3 Basketball, Belt Wrestling, Billiard Sports, Bowling, Chess, DanceSport, Equestrian Jumping, Futsal, Indoor Athletics, Indoor Tennis, Ju Jitsu, Kickboxing, Kurash, Muaythai, Sambo, Short Course Swimming, Taekwondo, Track Cycling Traditional Wrestling, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

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