The refugee team selected for the Tokyo Olympics has 29 players who will compete in 12 sports. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday selected 29 players out of 55 players. These players have left their original country and are receiving scholarships to practice in the new country.
At the last Olympics in Rio in 2016, there were 19 players on the refugee team. The 29 players selected this time are originally from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Congo, Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela. These players will take part in swimming, athletics, badminton, boxing, rowing, cycling, judo, karate, shooting, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling.
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IOC President Thomas Bach said: “You are an integral part of our Olympic community and we warmly welcome you.” “You send a powerful message of cohesion, resilience and hope to the world. The team is managed by Tokyo’s IOC and the United Nations Geneva-based Refugee Organization (UNSCR).
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