Introducing Rose Ihisa Karlo Uwaro – Refugee Athlete Scholarship-holder

South Sudan-born Rose Ihisa trains in Kenya and is part of the IOC's Refugee Athlete Scholarship programme.

By Olympic Channel

Rose Ihisa Karlo Uwaro is an IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship holder originally from South Sudan, currently based in Kenya.

The 21-year-old trains at the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation Training Centre in Ngong, southwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Speaking to the UNHCR in 2019, Rose Ihisa shared her daily routine: "I plan to be doing extra studies at night to catch up on my school work and join other athletes for morning runs at 5:00 am."

The secondary school student then attends classes after her morning training runs at the centre.

It's all part of her aim to eventually represent the Refugee Olympic Team at the Olympic Games.

Rose Ihisa would like to encourage and inspire her fellow refugees by taking part in sport.

In 2019, she took part in a 6-kilometre race at a cross-country event in Kenya, but said she preferred to focus on the 800 metres.

At that race, she completed the course in 27 minutes 29 seconds.

Speaking then, she said about her hopes for the 800m:

"I want to improve my time from the current 2:30 to 2:13 minutes, the set qualifying time for 800m.

"[Eventually,] I want to improve my time to 2:04 for 800m race, because I want to make a career out of running."