UN releases video to support refugee athletes

The United Nations' refugee agency has released a video in support of refugee athletes who aspire to take part in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, launched the video titled "The Journey" on Tuesday. It coincides with the UN's International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6.

The video starts with a close-up of a girl's feet wearing sandals as she flees her home on foot to escape conflict. The camera follows her footsteps over dangerous terrain and across rough waters. When she eventually reaches safety, she puts on running shoes and starts running towards a new goal, an Olympic medal.

UNHCR's Director of External Relations Dominique Hyde says, "We are dedicated to a world in which all those who have been forced to flee --- including those with disabilities --- can access their right to sport and play at all levels."

The video is available on UNHCR's website and on YouTube.

The refugee team that will compete at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games is being finalized. The agency says more than 60 refugees from around the world are training to get the qualification.