Refugee Athletes Can Compete At 2016 Rio Games Under Olympic FlagOctober 27, 2015 12:20
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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has announced that top refugee athletes would be allowed to compete at the 2016 Rio Games under Olympic flag. It is a great news of refugee athletes without a home country.
Mr. Bach said, “This is the time when the international community comes together for peaceful competition. In the Olympic Village, we see tolerance and solidarity in their purest form. Athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees live together in harmony and without any kind of discrimination.”
This statement from Mr. Bach comes as attempts are being made by Europe to cope with a pour in refugees escaping war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.
"At present, none of these athletes would have the chance to participate in the Olympic Games even if qualified from the sports point of view because, with their refugee status, they are left without a home country and National Olympic Committee to represent," Mr. Bach said.
"Having no national team to belong to, having no flag to march behind, having no national anthem to be played, these refugee athletes will be welcomed to the Olympic Games with the Olympic flag and with the Olympic anthem,” he added.