The International Olympic Committee presented the first group of refugees at the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro last year to raise the awareness of the issue.
The 1Omember team from Syria, Congo, Ethiopia and South Sudan, appeared at the opening ceremony as the penultimate before the entry of the Brazilian hostess and the athletes who formed it participated in swimming and judo.
This effort was one of the truly good stories of Rio, so refugees are likely to compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 with the International Olympic Committee planning to set up another team.
The IOC spokesman, Mark Adams, told reporters, “We are already discussing a possible group of refugees in view of Tokyo, we want to strengthen our efforts with the United Nations,” he added. Given the complicated selection process, it was too early to refer to the size of this group as the refugees participated in the Brazilian Games were in camps scattered all over the world.
More than a million refugees rushed to Europe only in 2016 to escape war in the Middle East and other parts of the world. At the same time million more are housed in camps in countries worldwide having escaped wars or armed conflicts in their nations.