Worldwide Olympic Committee names first-ever refugee team
LAUSANNE – The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday named 10 people towards the first-ever refugee team to compete in the Olympics.
IOC president Thomas Bach speaks in a press conference in Lausanne, Europe, on June 3, 2016
The Rio de Janeiro-bound team includes two Syrian swimmers, five track athletes from South Sudan, two judokas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as an Ethiopian marathon runner.
“These refugees don’t have any home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,” IOC president Thomas Bach told reporters following the organisation’s executive board confirmed the audience in a meeting in Lausanne.
“We’ll offer them a house within the Olympic village,” he added.
The mind from the United nations refugee agency Filippo Grandi hailed the unparalleled team as “a tribute towards the courage and perseverance” of individuals made to flee using their home countries.
They is going to be headed by Kenyan runner Tegla Loroupe, a global record holder in a number of lengthy-distance competitions and also the first African lady to win the brand new You are able to City marathon.
Her foundation includes a refugee sports support programme.
The greatest migrant crisis since World War Two, sparked usually by people fleeing Syria’s civil war, has fuelled rising anti-migrant rhetoric across Europe as well as in the U . s . States.
Bach voiced hope the first-ever Olympic level refugee team can “send an indication towards the worldwide community”.
“Regardless of the unimaginable tragedies they have faced, anybody can lead to society,” he told reporters.