After years of training, 29 refugee athletes will travel to Tokyo in July for the Games in Japan this summer, and the team will participate in 12 Olympic competitions, sending the world a powerful message of solidarity and hope, and raising more awareness of the plight of more than 80 million people. Someone who is displaced around the world.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, who is also the Vice-President of the Olympic Refugee Foundation, said: “I am pleased to congratulate all the athletes who have been selected for the Tokyo 2020 Refugee Olympic Team. To them as they compete in the Tokyo Olympics, surviving wars and persecution and the anxiety of living abroad really makes them extraordinary, but the fact that they are now also excelling as athletes on the world stage makes me very proud.”
“It also shows what can be done when refugees have the opportunity to reach their full potential. These athletes embody the hopes and aspirations of more than 80 million people around the world who have been uprooted by war and persecution. They serve as a reminder that everyone deserves a chance to succeed in life.”
This will be the second time a refugee team will participate in the Olympic Games, following the first participation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
As part of its more than 25-year partnership with the International Olympic Committee, UNHCR is working with the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Refugee Foundation to harness the power of sport to help create a world in which everyone forced to flee their homes can build a better future. Together with the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Refugee Foundation, the International Paralympic Committee (paralympic) and other partners, UNHCR is leading global advocacy for a world in which all refugees, including persons with disabilities, can access and participate in sporting competitions on a global scale. Equal with others.