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On the Olympic Video games in Rio, two Olympic Refugee athletes participated in judo. For the Tokyo Olympic Video games Olympic Solidarity is presently supporting 55 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders, who’re coaching within the hope of competing at Tokyo 2020 this summer season. They arrive from 13 international locations and are hosted by 21 Nationwide Olympic Committees (NOCs) throughout all 5 continents, representing 12 sports activities.
Introducing the refugee staff was an enormous success for judo and the IJF and generated a number of media consideration. The judo for peace mission of the IJF has been very lively on this Olympic cycle and the mission developed with a number of tales, new athletes, media consideration and initiatives to help athletes from international locations at conflict or athletes in a tough scenario.
Since Rio 2016, Olympic Solidarity has invested greater than USD 2 million in help of refugee Olympic scholarship-holders making ready for the Olympic Video games. A refugee staff participated on the Grand Prix in Budapest in 2019.
The Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders come from 13 international locations and are hosted by 21 NOCs – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK – and symbolize 12 sports activities together with judo, athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, biking, karate, taekwondo, taking pictures, weightlifting and wrestling.
The composition of the Refugee Olympic Workforce for Tokyo 2020 will likely be primarily based on quite a lot of standards together with, at the beginning, every athlete’s sporting efficiency and their refugee standing as confirmed by the UN Refugee Company (UNHCR). Private background, in addition to a balanced illustration by way of sport, gender and areas, can even be thought-about.
The composition of the Refugee Olympic Workforce will likely be determined by the IOC EB at its assembly in June 2021. Members of the staff will likely be invited by the IOC to compete on the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020.
At present, 200,000 younger folks in six international locations are benefiting from sports activities programmes designed to enhance their well-being and social inclusion.
The purpose of the Olympic Refugee Basis is to offer a million younger folks affected by displacement with entry to sport by 2024.