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Olympics, in Tokyo also 29 ‘stateless’ athletes: the IOC refugee team

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Thomas Bach, president of the IOC

Tokyo (Japan) – Twenty-nine athletes that at Tokyo Olympics will compete in 12 disciplines. And the refugee team, on his second Olympic participation after Rio 2016. The announcement was made by That is, in the presence of the president, Thomas Bach.

Among the 29 athletes also Luna Solomon, 27 year old Eritrean refugee in Switzerland who with two other athletes had prepared for the qualifications under the guidance of the Italian Olympian of the rifle, Niccolò Campriani, until the conquest of a pass. The team will parade at the opening ceremony of the Games under the banner of the International Olympic Committee after Greece, which traditionally opens the series of participating nations.

The team of 29 refugees (25 plus 4 from the solidarity program of the world judo federation) was selected from 56 athletes, chosen from the IOC Foundation’s world program dedicated to refugees, who followed a training program supported by the Olympic committee and took part in the qualifications, until the conquest of the pass for Tokyo. “It is a powerful message to the world of solidarity and hope”, the comment of theUnhcr, UN refugee agency.

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