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Refugee team to take part at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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By ITN News Editor October 10, 2018 18:08

Refugee team to take part at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Refugees will be able to take part at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee said it would form a refugee team for the second consecutive summer Games. IOC President Thomas Bach asked members of the Olympic body at its session in Buenos Aires whether they supported the creation of a refugee team, along the lines of the one that competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The members responded with applause. The IOC unveiled its first team of refugees in an effort to raise awareness of the issue and it was one of the feel-good stories of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The German said the IOC had already identified a pool of more than 50 refugee athletes and it was necessary to keep the world aware of the plight of the tens of millions of refugees around the world.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 10, 2018 18:08
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