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Refugees aim for gold in new Olympic Channel docuseries

Multi-platform sports media company the Olympic Channel will follow three refugees working to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, set to premiere next year. In Taking Refuge: Target Tokyo 2020, three-time Olympic ...
July 25, 2019

Multi-platform sports media company the Olympic Channel will follow three refugees working to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, set to premiere next year.

In Taking Refuge: Target Tokyo 2020, three-time Olympic gold medalist in shooting Niccolo Campriani will coach the three refugees to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in the air rifle shooting event. Mahdi, Khaoula and Luna have set a goal to reach the Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) in order to become eligible for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The series will follow them on their quest while allowing them to tell their remarkable stories of resilience outside the world of sports.

Campriani visited a refugee camp in Africa with the UNHCR following his retirement following the Olympic Games Rio 2016, where he was moved to take action in the face of the current refugee crisis.

“This sport has taught me a lot about how to manage my emotions, my fears and my instincts,” said Campriani in a statement. “It’s about moving on from the fears of your past. Not forgetting it but learning how to deal with it in order to focus on the present moment.”

“Niccolo is a true embodiment of an Olympic champion and we are thrilled to join him and these brave individuals on their inspirational journey as they progress toward Tokyo 2020,” added Greg Groggel, director of original programming for the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “This is a story of compassion, empowerment, and the power of sport to transform lives.”

Taking Refuge: Target Tokyo 2020 is set to premiere worldwide in 2020 on the Olympic Channel. A specific date has not been set.

(Photo Courtesy of Olympic Channel)

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