June 21, 2021 (Tokyo, Japan)– Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Refugee Team Announced– Taekwondo Life Magazine looks at the announcement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Refugee Team. Twenty-nine athletes competing across 12 sports and from 13 host National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) Tokyo 2020. The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the composition of the team.
The athletes were selected from among the refugee athletes currently supported by the IOC through the Olympic Scholarships for Refugee Athletes programme. They will send a powerful message of solidarity and hope to the world this summer, bringing further awareness to the plight of over 80 million displaced people worldwide.
Addressing the athletes, the IOC President said: “Congratulations to all of you. I speak on behalf of the entire Olympic Movement when I say that we cannot wait to meet you in person and to see you compete in Tokyo. When you, the IOC Refugee Olympic Team and the athletes from the National Olympic Committees from all over the globe, finally come together in Tokyo on 23 July, it will send a powerful message of solidarity, resilience and hope to the world. You are an integral part of our Olympic community, and we welcome you with open arms.”
These include 3 players in the Sport of Taekwondo: Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi, Kimia Alizadeh, and Abdullah Sediqui.
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To Hear Marc Zirogiannis and President Thomas Bach talk about the Olympic Refugee Team: