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Refugee team of 29 athletes picked for Tokyo Olympics – Washington, District of Columbia

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Geneva (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics refugee team has 29 athletes participating in 12 sports.

Geneva (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic refugee team will have 29 athletes in 12 competitions, including a medalist who left Iran for institutional sexism at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The team selected by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday was selected from 55 athletes who fled their home countries and received scholarships to train for matches in their new home countries.

Kimia Alizadeh is among them five years after she won the Olympic medal for the first time as an Iranian woman. At the age of 18, she won a bronze medal in taekwondo.

Arizade is based in Germany after exile from Iran and criticizing him for wearing a mandatory hijab scarf.

“I am very pleased to have made a life decision that will definitely change my future,” she told reporters in Germany last January.

Twenty-nine athletes, up from 10 on the first refugee team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, are also from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela. Nine from Syria are the most common from any country.

They compete in swimming, athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, cycling, judo, karate, shooting, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling.

“You are an integral part of our Olympic community and we welcome you with open arms.” IOC President Thomas Bach told the athletes “solidarity, resilience,” when announcing the election of the athletes. Send a powerful message of hope to the world. “

Swimmer Yusra Mardini will be two Olympic athletes after racing in the 100-meter freestyle and butterfly strokes in Rio.

“I am very fortunate to be part of the team,” Maldini said at an online press conference hosted by the IOC, acknowledging “great responsibility” on behalf of 80 million refugees around the world.

“In an ideal world, you don’t have to have a refugee team, but this is the current situation,” said the 23-year-old from Syria, who currently lives in Germany.

The team will be managed in Tokyo by staff from the IOC and UNHCR, a UN refugee agency based in Geneva.

“The war, persecution, and fears of asylum have made them extraordinary,” said UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi.

Refugee players will play against 205 national teams with the identifier EOR, the French acronym for the team name. The Tokyo Olympics are from July 23rd to August. 8. 8.

One of the Olympic teams goes missing in Tokyo. North Korea said in April that it would not send a team, saying it needed to protect its players from the “world’s public health crisis.”

The IOC said it had instructed the Olympic Games governing body to reassign the Tokyo entry that North Korea was supposed to win after the opening of the board on Tuesday.

In other projects, the IOC will say that if its 103 members resign for personal reasons, in the case of two, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Kikkan Randall, a US cross-country skier elected by athletes. Mr.

Prior to the opening ceremony on July 23, new members can be appointed at a conference in Tokyo and the nominations will be announced Thursday.

Next month’s meeting in Tokyo includes a proposal to formally amend the Olympic motto by adding the word “together” in Latin. It becomes “faster, higher, stronger-faster, higher, stronger-faster, higher, stronger-faster, higher, stronger-both.”

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