Severin Freund met refugees in Thailand ©Right To Play

Olympic ski jumping champion Severin Freund visited Thailand to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

The German, a member of the gold medal winning large hill team at the Sochi 2014 Games, travelled to the Asian country as part of his ambassador's role at charity Right to Play.

He paid a visit to the Umpium and Mae La Camps to meet refugees from Myanmar and witness the positive changes which are being made in their lives.

Right to Play is the official charity of the International Ski Federation (FIS), which attempts to use the power of play to foster peace and understanding, and to educate and empower children and youth in communities across the world.

“I was amazed by the fun and good cheer," said Freund.

"It is great to see how the power of sport and play are having such a positive impact on the lives of Burmese refugees.

Severin Freund is one of the world's leading ski jumpers
Severin Freund is one of the world's leading ski jumpers ©Getty Images

"In an environment characterised by hopelessness, children and youth are given a perspective.

"I am especially happy to have met teachers and coaches who are using all their energy to give pieces of peace, childhood and normality back to the refugees.”

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace took place on April 6 with various initiatives undertaken in the world of sport.

Twenty-seven-year-old Freund also has two World Championship gold medals to his name, while he won the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in the 2014/15 season.