The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced the names of atheletes who will represent the IOG Refugee Olympic Team at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at 2021. The final cohort entails 29 atheletes hailing from 11 countries. They were selected by the IOC’s Executive Board from an initial group of 55 IOC Refugee Athlete- Scholarship holders.
“The reasons we created this team still exist. We have more forcibly displaced people in the world right now, and therefore it went without saying that we wanted to create an IOC Refugee Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” IOC President Thomas Bach stated from Lausanne. The newly elected team will be entering the newly constructed Japan National Stadium carrying the Olympics flag, immediately after Greece.
Their residence will be in accordance with the general performa and the official Olympic flag will be raised and anthem be played for all their representation.
Welcoming the Refugees’ team to the games, Tokyo 2020 President Hashimoto Seiko said, “”The participation of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team in the Tokyo 2020 Games, which will be both a festival of sport and a celebration of peace, will draw the world’s attention to the issue of refugees and further advance efforts to achieve world peace through the elimination of the wars and conflicts that cause people to flee their homeland.”