Yusra Mardini’s Olympic Survival Epic Swims To Silver Screen In Sea Of Sports Politics

Yusra Mardini set for the heats of the 100m freestyle at the Olympic Games in Rio - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry has turned his spotlight on the epic tale and journey of Yusra Mardini, the Syrian refugee who fled a war zone, was made welcome in Germany, trained in Berlin and made the IOC’s Refugees Team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. There’s another side to every story and this one could well extend to the role of politics in sport and the conflict at the heart of the Olympic Movement.

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Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry has turned his spotlight on the epic tale and journey of Yusra Mardini, the Syrian refugee who fled a war zone, was made welcome in Germany, trained in Berlin and made the IOC’s Refugees Team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. There’s another side to every story and this one could well extend to the role of politics in sport and the conflict at the heart of the Olympic Movement.

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