Refugee Athletes To Compete In 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Refugee athletes to compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has decided that a team of refugee athletes will be formed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

IOC members unanimously endorsed the creation of the team at a session in the Argentine city of Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

The refugee team will be formed for the second consecutive Summer Games, following the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The IOC will bear the full cost of forming the team. It has already identified a pool of more than 50 refugee athletes from around the world.

The IOC will select the team members by examining how well the candidates meet the conditions for competing in the Olympics.

IOC President Thomas Bach said he hopes the refugee team will remind the world of the tough situations in conflict areas.

He said he also hopes the team will serve as an opportunity for people to consider the meaning of helping athletes who have been forced to flee from their homes.

The IOC members also approved 3 candidate cities for hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics. They are Canada's Calgary, Sweden's Stockholm and an Italian joint bid by Cortina D'Ampezzo and Milan.

The IOC will select the host city at a session scheduled to be held in the Swiss city of Lausanne in June.