IOC Refugee Olympic team – Tokyo 2020 – a virtual event
Twenty-nine athletes compete across 12 sports and from 13 host National Olympics Committees (NOCs). All are part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team at the Tokyo 2020 olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Lausanne, approved the composition of the team Tuesday June 8. They were announced via a virtual event.
The Tokyo team was selected from refugee athletes currently supported by the IOC. This is done through the Olympic Scholarships for Refugee Athletes Programme. They send a powerful message of solidarity and hope and being together. They also bring further awareness to the plight of over 80 million displaced people worldwide.
The 29 athletes met for the first time today in a virtual ceremony.
Addressing the athletes, the IOC President said: “Congratulations to all of you. I speak on behalf of the entire Olympic Movement when I say that we cannot wait to meet you in person and to see you compete in Tokyo. You are an integral part of our Olympic community, and we welcome you with open arms.”
UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi congratulated the athletes, saying: “I am thrilled to congratulate each of the athletes who have been named in the Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020. Surviving war, persecution and the anxiety of exile already makes them extraordinary people. but the fact that they now also excel as athletes on the world stage fills me with immense pride. It shows what is possible when refugees are given the opportunity to make the most of their potential”
Tokyo 2020 in Japan : 23 July to 8 August 2021
video courtesy IOC
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