Tokyo Paralympics: Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies calls refugee team the 'most courageous' in world

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Alphonso Davies, a Bayern Munich footballer, has written a letter to the Refugee Paralympic Team claiming that they are "the most brave sports team in the entire world".

Davies, 20 years old, was born in a refugee camp of Ghana. He spent five years there before his family moved to Canada.

Davies, an ambassador for UNHCR refugee charity UNHCR said that the athletes would "change people's lives".

He wrote, "Not everyone understands your journey."

"But I do, that's an important aspect of who I am."

"I have read your stories and learned about the experiences you've all had. You're the most courageous team of athletes in the world at the moment.

"You have the potential to inspire others by being role models. You will make a difference in people's lives by what you do in Tokyo.

You will inspire young people to take up sports. Refugees will see you succeed and believe that they can do it too.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will begin Tuesday 24 August with approximately 4,400 athletes competing in 22 sports.

The Refugee Paralympic Team is made up six athletes: Parfait Hakizimana, a Burundi-born taekwondo champion, and Anas Al Khalifa, a Syrian-born canoeist and swimmer. Alia Issa, Shahrad Nasajpour, a discus thrower from Iran, and Abbas Karimi.

This follows the appearance of the Refugee Olympic Team in Tokyo, where 29 athletes representing 11 countries competed for 12 sports.

Unrest in Afghanistan has prevented two Paralympic athletes from Afghanistan, Zakia Khudadadi (taekwondo) and Hossain Rasouli (track), from participating at the Games.

According to Ileana Rodriguez, chef de mission and former Paralympic swimmer, the refugee team believes that their presence can offer hope and solidarity for Afghans fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

"We are here to represent the people of the globe who are refugees. So all of us have worked very hard to send a message and make sure this team does that.

"I'm sure these athletes will give everything they have during the Games to really help all refugees out there and make their feel hopeful, and the same message goes for the people of Afghanistan."