The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on Tuesday that at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 there will be an Olympic refugee team, as happened in Rio de Janeiro 2016. "The last time we had to announce the team of refugee athletes with little time We are now with a tremendous pressure, we announce it with two years and we are already taking precautions, we are supporting 51 or 52 refugee athletes, this can still grow towards Tokyo 2020, "explained the president of the IOC, the German Thomas Bach, the closing of the 133rd Session of the IOC, which ended in Buenos Aires.
The IOC explained, through a statement, that it seeks to shelter the refugees and to fly a message of solidarity and hope among the millions of refugee athletes around the world. "In an ideal world, this team should not exist, but unfortunately, the reasons why we created this team before Rio 2016 still persist," Bach said.
In Rio there were ten athletes in this team, from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The thirty-second edition of the Summer Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 9 in Tokyo. It will be the second edition that takes place in this city, after those held in 1964.