BUENOS Aires – A workforce of refugees will once more participate on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the Worldwide Olympic Committee stated on Tuesday, after 10 refugees competed on the Rio Video games.
The choice was authorized on the 133rd IOC assembly in Buenos Aires.
Deputy basic director Pere Miro, who’s accountable for relations with nationwide Olympic committees, stated the IOC “has recognized 51 athletes residing in refugee camps or in refugee circumstances”. Amongst these 51 athletes had been the 10 who participated in Rio, he added.
Yiech Pur Biel, a middle-distance runner from South Sudan, is hopeful of greater than merely making up the numbers after falling within the heats of the 800m in Rio.
“We will count on a lot, in 2016 simply we competed, now we’re going not solely to compete if we are able to convey gold or perhaps a ultimate…” he stated.
“Competing with high athletes is an enormous problem, however we hope we are going to do one thing in Tokyo 2020.”
Two swimmers who fled Syria, a pair of Congolese judokas, an Ethiopian marathon runner and 4 middle-distance runners from South Sudan, in addition to a 400m runner, had been a part of the refugee workforce that made its debut in Rio.
The group of 51 athletes in rivalry for a spot in Tokyo are supported by the Olympic Solidarity programme and are available from seven totally different sports activities, together with karate and taekwondo.