World Refugee Day: review of the founding of the refugee delegation at the Tokyo Olympic Games

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 World Refugee Day: review of the founding of the refugee delegation at the Tokyo Olympic Games


Although they are from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, they represent the same team. Ethiopian athlete Ross Nasik lokonin held up the Olympic flag and walked ahead of the refugee team.

Its a critical moment for those athletes, for the whole Olympic movement.

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was held at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with the admission of a refugee delegation.

In October 2015, President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee announced the establishment of the first Olympic refugee delegation at the 70th UN General Assembly.

Bachs statement is clear but also challenging: this delegation will send a message of hope and tolerance to millions of refugees around the world, who will inspire the world by demonstrating the spiritual power of humanity.

Although these athletes dont represent any country, they dont have a national flag, they dont have a national anthem, but the Olympic anthem will play for them, and the Olympic flag will lead them into the Olympic Games, Bach said

Yunas Jinde, an Ethiopian marathon runner, is part of the refugee delegation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In an interview with the Olympic Channel, he recalled: the team spirit at that time was very good, and I was honored to represent refugees from all over the world. At every step and moment in the game, I think about the children who are in difficulties. Thats really a special moment.

The opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was held at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with the admission of a refugee delegation.

King is now training in Luxembourg and hopes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year. I have had a good experience at Rio and I hope to qualify again, he said. Although its a pity that the Olympic Games cant be held this year because of the postponement, the dream is still there and our dream will not change. The refugee delegation is a symbol of hope, which still exists. I still want to play.

Thanks to the success of the refugee delegation at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the IOC launched the Olympic refugee fund in 2017.

This year is the third year that the fund was founded. Through sports programs, the Fund helps global refugees to protect and promote childrens development and empower children in harsh environments.

Jesse Poole bill, a member of the 2016 Rio Olympic refugee delegation, who is now a member of the refugee fund, said in an interview: the experience of joining the 2016 Rio Olympic refugee delegation has changed my life, and I am very proud to see that it can leave such a specific legacy. Through the establishment of the Olympic refugee fund, our goal is not to cultivate champions, but to improve the lives of young refugees through day-to-day efforts and sports, so as to create a safe environment for them and let them create their own future.

Eritrean athlete tades Abraham competed for Switzerland at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and he hopes to take part in the Tokyo Olympics.

Although he is not an athlete in the refugee delegation or a member of the Olympic fund, he believes that these two initiatives offer the opportunity for millions of refugees to dream.

If you are a refugee and cant represent your country in the Olympics, you have other ways, he said. No matter where you are, you can take part in the Olympic Games. I want to tell those who have left the motherland: dont worry, you can still have dreams. You will get help. Get up, train, dream. Its possible. (end)

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