Rio 2016: Syrian refugee carries Olympic torch

Henry Young, for CNN

Updated 1657 GMT (0057 HKT) April 27, 2016
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In a show of solidarity, president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Kapralos (L), passed the Olympic Flame to a Syrian refugee, Ibrahim al-Hussein at the Eleonas refugee camp in Athens Tuesday. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Al-Hussein, 27, lost his lower leg in a bombing and was granted asylum in Greece after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on a rubber boat in 2014. He now competes as an amputee swimmer. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The flame was carried by al-Hussein through the Eleonas refugee camp in Athens, where 1,600 asylum seekers are being given temporary shelter. LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The Rio 2016 organizers have been determined in their bid to highlight the plight of refugees around the world. Indeed, Judoka Raheleh Asemani (right) is among the athletes bidding to compete for the team of refugees in Rio. ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Yusra Mardini, an 18-year old Syrian, may join her. This summer, Yusra Mardini was swimming through the Aegan sea in a bid for asylum. Now, she's aiming to swim in the Olympics.

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The Olympic flame is one of the most iconic sights in the history of sport. On April 21 the torch embarked upon its long journey across the world to Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Games. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The flame is lit at the Ancient Stadium in Olympia, Greece, and initially derived from the sun's rays in a parabolic mirror. After an elaborate ceremony, it is handed over to the first torchbearer. Milos Bicanski/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
On this occasion, that honor was bestowed upon Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The gymnast, who is set to compete at his first Olympics, said he was so shocked to receive the news that he almost crashed his car. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Petrounias carried the Greek flag at the Opening Ceremony for the Baku 2015 European Games. The 25-year-old enjoyed a stellar year, winning the World and European titles. Francois Nel/Getty Images Europe
Petrounias passed the Olympic flame to a second torchbearer on April 21 -- Brazilian volleyball player, Giovane Gávio (L). AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Gávio is a former volleyball star and became the first Brazilian athlete to carry the torch. He stands at nearly 2 meters tall and took home the gold medal from Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004 Olympics. AFP/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Greek former Olympic weightlifting gold medalist Pyros Dimas also held the torch, and stands here atop the Acropolis hill by the the ancient temple of the Parthenon, after lighting a cauldron with the Olympic flame. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
When it eventually reaches Brazil, the flame will burn bright throughout the duration of the Games until it is put out at the closing ceremony. It's seen here in London, where in 2012 it took a more modern look. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images