South Sudanese Olympians just want a moment’s peace


South Sudanese Olympians just want a moment’s peace

Four-strong team has battled hard through poverty, civil war and high inflation to get to Japan

Kiyoshi Takenaka

Abraham Majok, a South Sudanese 1,500m runner training in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, aims to bring back two things to his war-torn country after the Games: an Olympic medal and a message on the importance of peace.

Majok and three other South Sudanese athletes have been training in the central Japanese city of Maebashi, 100km northwest of Tokyo, since November for the Olympics and Paralympics. 

“I have come here and seen the advantages of peace in other countries,” said Majok, 20. “So, when I get back [to South Sudan], the message I will have is the importance of peace.”..

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