IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020

The Refugee Olympic Team © IOC / Greg Martin

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The Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) is participating at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with 29 athletes, from 11 countries, competing in 12 sports.

Thanks to scholarships provided by the IOC through Olympic Solidarity, 56 promising refugee athletes from 13 countries have been training hard in the hope of making it to the Tokyo 2020 team. The 56 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-holders come from 21 host countries – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom – and represent 12 sports: athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, cycling, judo, karate, taekwondo, sport of shooting, swimming, weightlifting, and wrestling.

The composition of the Refugee Olympic Team was announced on 8 June 2021.

  • The Refugee Olympic Team is composed of 29 Refugee Athlete Scholarship-holders from 11 countries who have been living and training in 13 host countries. They represent 12 sports.
  • Four additional athletes from the International Judo Federation Refugee Project complete the mixed judo team, raising the number of team members to 29.
  • The Refugee Olympic Team’s official acronym is EOR, based on the French name: équipe olympique des réfugiés.
  • During the Opening Ceremony, the team marches with the Olympic flag in second position, immediately after Greece.
  • For all official representations of the team (including possible medal ceremonies), the Olympic flag is raised, and the Olympic anthem is played.
  • The Refugee Olympic Team’s Chef de Mission is Tegla Loroupe. During the Olympic Games, she is assisted by Deputy Chef de Mission Olivier Niamkey from the IOC and Stephen Pattison from UNHCR in Geneva.
  • Like all the other 206 NOCs taking part in the Olympic Games, the team stays at the Olympic Village and get its own welcome ceremony there.

The IOC will continue to support the refugee athletes even after the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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