Refugee team to compete in Tokyo summer Olympic games in 2020

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:52 AM PT — Wed. Oct. 10, 2018

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to give refugees a signal of hope through the formation of a new team for the 2020 games.

On Tuesday, IOC President Thomas Bach announced a refugee team will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for the second consecutive summer games.

The refugee team became one of the “feel good” stories to come out of the Rio games in 2016.

Members of the Olympic body cheered the announcement as the committee revealed it already selected a pool of over 50 refugee athletes for the team.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach smiles at the end of the 133rd IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

“And in fact we have already taken precautions, that if the session would improve this refugee Olympic team that we already have a pool of athletes in place,” stated Bach. “So, already now we are supporting I think 51 or 52 refugee athletes whom we have identified, and this is a pool that can still grow in the run-up to Tokyo 2020.”

The IOC said the team will help boost awareness of millions of refugees around the world.