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Record-Breaking Refugee Team Set for 2024 Paris Olympics including Africans: A Beacon of Hope

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Ayize claire

May 5, 2024

A Journey of Perseverance and Inspiration

IOC President Thomas Bach highlighted the emotional and symbolic significance of the team, noting that it serves as a beacon of hope and a stark reminder of the global refugee crisis. The participation of the Refugee Team, which has grown from its inception in the 2016 Rio Olympics, aims to draw attention to the plight of displaced persons and foster a spirit of global solidarity.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has proudly announced the selection of its largest ever Refugee Olympic Team for the 2024 Paris Olympics. This groundbreaking team is composed of 36 athletes from 11 countries who will participate in 12 sports, representing a poignant message of hope and inclusion to the world’s 100 million displaced individuals.


The athletes, originating from diverse nations including several African countries, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Venezuela, and Cuba, were chosen based on their sporting performance, refugee status in host nations, and a balanced representation of sports and gender. The 2024 team, which includes 23 men and 13 women from three continents, is set to compete under its own emblem featuring a heart, symbolizing the core Olympic values of unity and peace.


IOC President Thomas Bach highlighted the emotional and symbolic significance of the team, noting that it serves as a beacon of hope and a stark reminder of the global refugee crisis. The participation of the Refugee Team, which has grown from its inception in the 2016 Rio Olympics, aims to draw attention to the plight of displaced persons and foster a spirit of global solidarity.


As the Paris Olympics draw near, the presence of the Refugee Olympic Team will not only showcase athletic excellence but also champion the cause of refugees worldwide, echoing the resilience and courage of those forced to flee their homes.


The team’s journey from past Olympics in Rio and Tokyo to Paris represents a continuing commitment by the IOC to support displaced athletes and use sport as a bridge to overcome adversity.

This participation in the Paris 2024 Olympics underlines the profound impact of sports in uniting people, promoting peace, and inspiring hope across the globe.

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