“The Refugee Olympic Team is a symbol of hope and our hope is still alive,” Yonas said to the Olympic Channel Podcast.
Originally from Ethiopia, he hasn’t seen his family in over a decade.
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At the moment, the 40-year-old is living and training in Luxembourg.
The experience at Rio 2016 was unforgettable as he ran the 26.2 mile (42 kilometre) course in Brazil.
“Every kilometre, very second was very special for me.
“I was thinking of the children who are suffering around the world.”
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Yonas also became the first refugee in the history of the Tokyo Marathon to compete at an elite level.
He completed the course in 2020 just before the global coronavirus pandemic paused international competitions.
“I dreamed about running in Tokyo since I was a child. This is mainly a flat course, which allows athletes to have good results. It is one of the greatest road races in the world,” Yonas explained to the UNHCR.
“But most importantly, this is the city where my great idol, the Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila, successfully defended his Olympic title in 1964.”
Despite the difficulties, he wants to return to Japan and compete at the Olympics.
“The dream is still there and the dream has not changed.”