Tokyo Olympics: stranded team from South Sudan find refuge, kindness in Japan

For the past 20 months, the South Sudanese track-and-field team have been training in Maebashi, a city two hours north of Tokyo, for the Olympics. The five athletes arrived before the Games were delayed by the pandemic, expecting to stay for only half a year.Now, the area known for its historic silk industry has become a second home for the athletes as they seek the first-ever Olympic medal for the Republic of South Sudan, which gained independence in 2011 only to be caught up in a civil war…

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