THE TEGLA LOROUPE SPORTS TRAINING CENTER: Ngong, Kenya
International Olympic Refugee Team, Ngong, Kenya
As the foundation worked over the years in refugee camps in Kenya to promote peace through sports , many talented athletes appeared in the camps, but had no options to further their careers.
TLPF had created a Sports Training Center for warriors from tribes that raided each other for cattle, to give them a pathway from raiding to sport.
Tegla Loroupe decided to extend her program to refugee camps, to provide a path for those who were without a country to participate in the Olympics.
Ambassador Tegla Loroupe therefore decided to speak with Thomas Bach, The President of the International Olympic Committee, about the possibility of creating a refugee team, as a joint initiative with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, the UNHCR Agency, . This led to the establishment of a training centre for refugee athletes in Ngong (within the outskirts of Nairobi). Five of the refugee athletes from South Sudan quaified for the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio.