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Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Athletes from the region perform during the event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016

Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Egypt's Ahmed Abelrahman (white) competes with Kyrgyzstan's Otar Bestaev during their men's -60kg judo contest match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Refugee Olympic Team's Yusra Mardini takes part in the Women's 100m Butterfly heat during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Egypt's Hadir Mekhimar competes in the women's 10m air rifle shooting qualifications at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Azad Albarzi of Syria competes in the Men's 100m Breaststroke heat 2 on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Omar Assar of Egypt plays a Men's Singles first round match against Brian Afanador of Puerto Rico on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 3 on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse Samba of Qatar celebrate a point during the Men's Beach Volleyball preliminary round Pool F match against Jacob Gibb and Casey Patterson of the United States on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Iran's Noshad Alamiyan hits a shot in his men's singles qualification round table tennis match at the Riocentro venue during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Qatar's Hakan Eresker (L) lands a punch on Uzbekistan's Hurshid Tojibaev during the Men's Light (60kg) match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Egypt's Dina Meshref serves to a teammate during a table tennis training session at the Riocentro complex in Rio de Janeiro on August 4, 2016, ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Egypt's Abdelkhalek Elbanna rows during the Men's Single Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Iran's Neda Shahsavari hits a shot in her women's singles qualification round table tennis match at the Riocentro venue during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Egypt's Abdelrahman Salah Orabi Abdelgawwad (R) fights Croatia's Hrvoje Sep during the Men's Light Heavy (81kg) boxing match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
Athletes from the Middle East region on day 1 of Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Egypt's Nadia Negm rows during the Women's Single Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)