WATCH — What does EOR stand for? The Refugee Olympic Team explained

CBC Kids News • Published 2021-08-03 12:55

29 athletes from 11 home countries involved

You may have seen the letters E-O-R beside an athlete’s name during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

But did you know that it’s a team made up exclusively of Olympians who are also refugees?

Yep, in English the team is referred to as the Refugee Olympic Team.

A refugee is somebody who is forced to leave their home country in order to escape danger.

What is the Refugee Olympic Team?

Arjun Ram explains why the EOR exists and what the letters stand for in the latest Kids News explains video.

Plus, watch to find out how one Olympic swimmer used her athletic skills to help save people’s lives.

0:10 — Belarusian sprinter seeking asylum in Poland
0:38 — What is the Refugee Olympic Team?
2:13 — Yusra Mardini’s amazing personal story

⭐️Highlights from Day 11⭐️

History-making balance beam final 

The balance beam final is always a thrill, but this year it was even more highly anticipated because of Simone Biles’s decision to take part.

Biles is largely viewed as the best gymnast in the world.

She had withdrawn from earlier events to focus on her mental wellness.

In the end, the American superstar took bronze, the seventh Olympic medal of her career.

First and second place were won by two athletes from China.

Sixteen-year-old Guan Chenchen won gold, and her teammate Tang Xijin took silver.

Guan Chenchen was the final competitor on the beam, and the final competitor of the entire women’s gymnastics competition in Tokyo. Chenchen cried after receiving her winning score and later told the media, ‘I am very excited and I am very proud to represent my country.’ (Image credit: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

Theirs were the only podium finishes for the Chinese women’s gymnastics team in Tokyo.

Despite coming into the Olympics with great expectations, the team struggled early on.

Canada’s top gymnast, Ellie Black, placed fourth. Like Biles, she was also returning to competition in Tokyo after withdrawing from an earlier event because of an ankle injury.

Day 11 Medal Count

China and the United States continue to run away with the medal standings.

Chinese athletes just keep collecting gold after gold. They currently have 32 gold medals and 69 medals total.

The United States is second place in the gold medal race with 24.

But the U.S. still has the top spot for total medals with 73 won so far.

Day 11 in pictures

Karsten Warholm was blown away by his own hurdling performance. The Norwegian crushed the world record for the 400-metre hurdles, finishing in 45.94 seconds. He held the previous world record of 46.7 seconds. (Image credit: Giuseppe Cacac/AFP/Getty Images)

Gwen Berry competed while wearing black lipstick during the women’s hammer throw final. Berry is well known for her lipstick looks during competitions as well as for her political activism. She made headlines back in June when she turned her back to the American flag during the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Berry finished in 11th place. (Image credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tamyra Marianna Stock Mensah of the United States beat opponent Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria during the women's freestyle 68kg gold medal wrestling match. Mensah is the second American woman to win gold in wrestling at an Olympics. (Image credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

New Kids News Olympics content every day until Aug. 8

Aug. 4 will have a jam-packed Olympic schedule.

Two finals to watch for are the artistic swimming duet free routine and the women’s 400-metre hurdles.

Plus, Canadians Alena Sharp and Brooke Henderson will be teeing off in the first round of the women’s golf tournament.

Tune in tomorrow to learn about some more extraordinary athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Arjun Ram and Kids News Explains.


With files from Christine Rankin, Devin Heroux/CBC, Steve Keating/Reuters, John Chidley-Hill/The Canadian Press
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images, design by Philip Street/CBC

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