Refugee Without a Country to Compete under Olympic Flag in London


Guor Marial is an Olympian with less than a week to prepare for his just confirmed trip to London.

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He is South-Sudanese refugee who qualified for the Olympics last October after meeting the Olympic “A” standard with a run of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds at the 2011 Twin Cities Marathon. All that was missing after that display of talent was a country to represent in the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) requires athletes to be full citizens of the countries they represent. Though Marial has lived in the U.S. for 11 years, he has yet to gain full citizenship and his status as a permanent resident isn’t enough to allow him to wear red, white and blue at the games; reports yahoosports

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