IOC Refugee Olympic Team travelling to Tokyo

Members of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team who gathered in Doha, Qatar, for a Welcome Experience, and whose departure for the Olympic Games was delayed, are now on their way to Tokyo.

The IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020

Twenty-six athletes, 16 coaches and 10 officials will be travelling to Japan in the next three days. The first group is due to arrive at Narita airport tonight.

I feel very excited. Finally, we are going to Tokyo!” said badminton player Aram Mahmoud stepping onto the bus to go to the airport. “You could think that it is like going to any tournament. But it is not. Despite the situation, I feel ready mentally and physically and want to give my best.”

The official who tested positive in Doha on 12 July, and who was immediately isolated by the Qatari public authorities, will stay in Qatar until further notice.

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