Athletes for the Refugee Paralympic team enter the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2020 Paralympics at the National Stadium in Tokyo, on August 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Tokyo Paralympics opened August 23. Athletes from 160 countries came to compete. They marched in the opening ceremonies, carrying their country’s flag.

A brand-new team led the way. But this team carried the Paralympic flag. Why?

Teaming up

All six athletes are refugees. They come from Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi, and Iran. They can’t play for their home countries. It’s not even safe for them to live there!

Now, they have a team of their own. It’s the Refugee Paralympic Team.

This team has a very famous fan. His name? Alphonso Davies.