Olympic grants awarded to 44 refugees for the Paris 2024 Games – SABC News

After his father was killed in clashes, Jamal Abdelmaji Eisa Mohammed fled his home in Darfur, Sudan, leaving his mother and siblings behind. His only concern was to stay alive.

The idea of ​​competing in a major tournament such as the Olympics could not have been in his wildest dreams when he traveled through Egypt and the Sinai Desert before coming to Israel.

Being a refugee, however, no longer means being in a no-man’s land when it comes to the opportunity to compete in the Olympics. This was after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in 2015 that, for the first time, refugees from around the world would be given the opportunity to take part in the Rio Olympics.

An initiative welcomed by the sports community around the world was established by the IOC to raise awareness of the scale of the global refugee crisis. It was first announced to the world by President Bach at the UN General Assembly in 2015.

The will to trade has since reached the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where 29 refugee Olympic athletes competed in 12 sports.

Ahead of International Refugee Day on 20 June, the IOC announced that 44 refugee athletes had been awarded Olympic grants to help them train towards the goal of being selected to the IOC Refugee Olympic Team in Paris in two years’ time.

They will hope to be the first group to receive an award for more than 26 million refugees worldwide.

“We welcome you to the Olympic community and wish you good luck in your qualifying. “I know what a difficult period it is to go through to get to the Olympics, so we admire how you are coping with the challenge given all the difficulties you have overcome,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

According to the IOC statement, the grants, which are fully funded by the IOC through their Olympic Solidarity Program for Refugee Athletes, will provide athletes with the support they need to train and compete in qualifying in the run-up to the Paris Olympics. 2024

Those who come from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Congo, the Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela, are recipients of Refugee Grants in freestyle, badminton, boxing, canoeing. , cycling, judo, karate, shooting, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling.

Their refugee status has been confirmed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is supported by 16 NOC visitors (Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, UK, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Portugal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Turkey, USA and Uruguay).

The composition of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Paris 2024 will be announced in 2024.

The team will compete in Paris under the acronym EOR, which stands for Equipe Olympique des Réfugiés.

Olympic grants awarded to 44 refugees for the Paris 2024 Games – SABC News

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