LONDON / REFUGEE ATHLETE

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Ethiopian refugee athlete Kadar Omar Abdullahi was not only excited to compete on the world stage for the first time, he was also happy for the opportunity to see his idol Mo Farah. UNHCR
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STORY: LONDON / REFUGEE ATHLETE
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DATELINE: 09 AUGUST 2017, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

SHOTLIST:

1. Still photograph, Mo Farah hugging refugee athlete Kader Abdullahi
2. Still photograph, Mo Farah racing next to Abdullahi
3. Still photograph, Abdullahi in his heat
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“In the beginning, 1,200 we are just making slowly, slowly, and I was looking my shoulder side, it was Mo Farah. I feel wow. You are running with the man.”
5. Still photograph, Farah running ahead of Abdullahi
6. Still photograph, Abdullahi running
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“It’s something that I had dreamed of before. Finally, I did it today. It was tough running next to Olympic champions, like Mo Farah.”
8. Still photograph, Mo Farah running ahead of Abdullahi
9. Still photograph, Abdullahi running
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“We just saw him and we greet him, he said welcome guys. We told him we are from team refugees, surprise, wow, he is a nice guy.”
11. Still photograph, Abdullahi running
12. Med shot, Farah talking to the press
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“He said it’s a journey, no limitation, if you work hard you can be better than me.”
14. Various still photographs, Abdullahi competing in the race
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“Being a refugee is not my choice, something like that can happen to anyone. So, they are human beings, they have dreams. If they work hard they can also achieve their dreams.”
16. Various still photographs, Abdullahi competing in the race

STORYLINE:
Ethiopian refugee athlete Kadar Omar Abdullahi was not only excited to compete on the world stage for the first time, he was also happy for the opportunity to see his idol Mo Farah.

Abdullahi didn’t just meet Farah, he ran alongside him in the World Athletics Championships in London.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“In the beginning, 1,200 we are just making slowly, slowly, and I was looking my shoulder side, it was Mo Farah. I feel wow. You are running with the man.”

Mo Farah is a multiple Olympic and World Champion. This is the first time Kader Abdullahi has competed on the world stage.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“It’s something that I had dreamed of before. Finally, I did it today. It was tough running next to Olympic champions, like Mo Farah.”

Abdullahi also got the chance to talk to Farah.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“We just saw him and we greet him, he said welcome guys. We told him we are from team refugees, surprise, wow, he is a nice guy.”

And Farah gave advice to the refugee team.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“He said it’s a journey, no limitation, if you work hard you can be better than me.”

Farah came 2nd in the race, Abdullahi 14th achieving a personal best.

He is determined to keep training and be a model to refugees who aspire to be like him.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kader Abdullahi, Refugee Athlete:
“Being a refugee is not my choice, something like that can happen to anyone. So, they are human beings, they have dreams. If they work hard they can also achieve their dreams.”
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