IOC admit “Refugee Nation” to compete in Rio Olympics

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games continues to be special for its appeal to humanity. As the ceremony opens on August 5, the sporting world will welcome a special team from a special nation on parade – a team of “Refugee Olympic Athletes” as they would be called.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this special concession as part of its continued concern and cars for refugees across the world.

According to the IOC , Team Refugee Olympic Athletes, will march behind the Olympic Flag second last before host nation Brazil at the Opening Ceremony.

Forty-three potential participants have been identified to participate through Olympic Solidarity. All will have to qualify and reach specific standards, however, it is estimated that a final group of between five and 10 will ultimately compete.

In order to allow time for the process to be completed, additional candidates will now only be considered in “exceptional circumstances and the IOC will announce the full team at its Executive Board meeting in Rio in June.

“By welcoming the team of refugee athletes, we want to send a message of hope for all refugrees in our world,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“Having no national team to belong to, having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the Olympic Flag and with the Olympic Anthem.

“They will have a home together with all the other 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees in the Olympic Village.

“They will enjoy the same privaliges as every other athlete competing at the Games.”

This will include a special Team ROA welcome ceremony in the Olympic Village, like all other teams enjoy, while they will be housed in the same accomodation.

A team entourage will be appointed, including a Chef de Mission, coaches and technical officials.

Team uniforms will be provided by the IOC and the Olympic Anthem will be played for any of them that wins at medal ceremonies. Olympic Solidarity will cover travel and other participation expenses for the team.

Adequate insurance will be provided and “proper doping control process” installed in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games continues to be special for its appeal to humanity. As the ceremony opens on August 5, the sporting world will welcome a special team from a special nation on parade – a team of “Refugee Olympic Athletes” as they would be called.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this special concession as part of its continued concern and cars for refugees across the world.

According to the IOC , Team Refugee Olympic Athletes, will march behind the Olympic Flag second last before host nation Brazil at the Opening Ceremony.

Forty-three potential participants have been identified to participate through Olympic Solidarity. All will have to qualify and reach specific standards, however, it is estimated that a final group of between five and 10 will ultimately compete.

In order to allow time for the process to be completed, additional candidates will now only be considered in “exceptional circumstances and the IOC will announce the full team at its Executive Board meeting in Rio in June.

“By welcoming the team of refugee athletes, we want to send a message of hope for all refugrees in our world,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“Having no national team to belong to, having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the Olympic Flag and with the Olympic Anthem.

“They will have a home together with all the other 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees in the Olympic Village.

“They will enjoy the same privaliges as every other athlete competing at the Games.”

This will include a special Team ROA welcome ceremony in the Olympic Village, like all other teams enjoy, while they will be housed in the same accomodation.

A team entourage will be appointed, including a Chef de Mission, coaches and technical officials.

Team uniforms will be provided by the IOC and the Olympic Anthem will be played for any of them that wins at medal ceremonies. Olympic Solidarity will cover travel and other participation expenses for the team.

Adequate insurance will be provided and “proper doping control process” installed in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

 

Source: Insidethegames

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