IOC announces 36-member Refugee Olympic Team for Paris 2024

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IOC announces 36-member Refugee Olympic Team for Paris 2024

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Thursday a 36-member Refugee Olympic Team for the Paris Olympic Games, as well as a new emblem for the team for the first time, reported Xinhua.

The 36 athletes are from 11 different countries and regions and will compete across 12 sports.

IOC President Thomas Bach said on the ceremony at Olympic House here, "You will make billions of people around the world aware of the magnitude of the refugee crisis. Therefore, I encourage everyone, around the world, to join us in cheering for you – the IOC Refugee Olympic Team."

The vast majority of the athletes were selected from among the refugee athletes supported by the IOC through the Refugee Athletes Scholarship Program, funded by the IOC's Olympic Solidarity program and managed by the Olympic Refuge Foundation.

The new emblem will bring a unique identity to the team for the first time in the Olympic history. The design of arrows around a circle represents the team members come from different corners of the world but also have the shared and lived experience of their journeys. The heart at the center of the emblem is originated from the Olympic Refugee Foundation logo, to represent the belonging the team hopes to inspire and that athletes and displaced people around the world have found through sport.

Chef de Mission for the Refugee Olympic Team, Ali Zada said: "This emblem brings us all together. We are all unified by our experience – though all different, we have all had a journey to get to where we are. The athletes are not representing a specific country, they are representing the Refugee Olympic Team."

This is the third time the Refugee Olympic Team appears at the Games. The first team was formed at Rio 2016 and 10 refugee athletes competed at the Games. At Tokyo 2020, 29 athletes from the team competed.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

8 Comments
  1. EmilySmith says

    As an advocate for refugee rights, I am thrilled to see the IOC’s commitment to raising awareness about the refugee crisis through the Refugee Olympic Team for Paris 2024. It’s heartwarming to witness athletes from diverse backgrounds coming together under one emblem, showcasing the power of unity and resilience. I wholeheartedly support and cheer for the inspiring members of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team.

  2. Emily Smith says

    As an advocate for refugee rights, I am thrilled to see the IOC’s commitment to inclusivity through the formation of the Refugee Olympic Team. The new emblem symbolizes unity and resilience, bringing attention to the global refugee crisis. I wholeheartedly support and cheer for these talented athletes as they inspire the world with their strength and perseverance.

  3. JenniferSmith123 says

    How will the new emblem of the Refugee Olympic Team impact their performance and representation on the global stage?

    1. JohnDoe87 says

      The new emblem of the Refugee Olympic Team will not only provide a unique identity to the team but also serve as a powerful symbol of unity and resilience on the global stage. It reflects the diverse backgrounds of the team members while highlighting the shared experiences and journeys that bind them together. This emblem has the potential to inspire not only the team members themselves but also spectators worldwide, showcasing the strength and determination of refugee athletes in overcoming adversity.

  4. EmilySmith says

    Will the new emblem for the Refugee Olympic Team be available for purchase by the public?

  5. Emily Davis says

    As a former athlete myself, I believe that the creation of the Refugee Olympic Team and the introduction of a new emblem for them is a powerful and necessary step towards inclusivity and recognition of the struggles faced by refugees around the world. It’s heartwarming to see how sports can unite people from diverse backgrounds and give hope to those who have been forced to flee their homes. I fully support and will cheer for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team in Paris 2024.

  6. Amy Smith says

    I think the announcement of the 36-member Refugee Olympic Team for Paris 2024 is truly inspiring. It’s amazing to see athletes from different corners of the world coming together to compete and show the world the strength and resilience of refugees. I will definitely be cheering for the IOC Refugee Olympic Team!

  7. EmilySmith says

    As a sports enthusiast, I truly admire the initiative taken by the IOC in announcing the 36-member Refugee Olympic Team for Paris 2024. It’s heartwarming to see athletes from different backgrounds coming together to compete in the spirit of unity and sportsmanship. Kudos to the IOC for supporting refugee athletes and providing them with a platform to showcase their talent on a global stage!

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