News: International Olympic Committee Announces 29-person Refugee Team to 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has announced the Refugee Olympic Team for the 2020 Olympics. Athletes whom have become refugees for various reasons and have not yet obtained citizenship at their new country will be part of this team. Overall, 29 athletes will compete in 12 sports.

With the exception of men’s marathon runner Tachlowini Gabriyesos who qualified by reaching the entry standard none of the athletes are using quotas originally allocated to each sport, instead the IOC has created new quotas for the athletes to compete.

The largest contingent will be in athletics where seven athletes will compete. Along with Gabriyesos the team is made up of Dorian Keletela (men’s 100m), Rose Lokonyen (women’s 800m), James Chiengjiek (men’s 800m), Anjelina Lohalith (women’s 1500m), Paulo Lokoro (men’s 1500m) and Jamal Abdelmaji (men’s 5000m).

Six judokas will team up to participate in the mixed team event. They are Sanda Aldass (women’s -57kg), Ahmad Alikaj (men’s -73kg), Muna Dahouk (women’s -63kg), Javad Mahjoub (men’s +100kg), Popole Misenga (men’s -90kg) and Nigara Shaheen (women’s -70kg). In taekwondo three athletes will participate, headlined by 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Kimia Alizadeh in the women’s -57kg. Joining her will be Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi (women’s -49kg) and Abdullah Sediqi (men’s -68kg).

Two athletes will participate in boxing (Wessam Salamana, men’s lightweight and Eldric Sella, men’s middleweight), cycling (Masomah Ali Zada, women’s time trial and Ahmad Wais, men’s time trial), karate (Wael Shueb, men’s kata and Hamoon Derafshipour, men’s -67kg) and swimming (Alaa Maso, men’s 50m freestyle and Yusra Mardini, women’s 100m butterfly).

One athlete will participate in badminton (Aram Mahmoud, men’s singles), canoeing (Saeid Fazloula, men’s K1 1000m), shooting (Luna Solomon, women’s 10m air rifle), weightlifting (Cyrille Tchatchet, men’s -96kg) and wrestling (Aker Al Obaidi, men’s Greco-Roman -67kg).

This will be the second Olympic appearance as a refugee for Lokonyen, Chiengjiek, Lohalith, Lokoro, Misenga and Mardini.

Qualified Nations

Athletics – Men’s 100m
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Athletics – Men’s 800m
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Athletics – Women’s 800m
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Athletics – Men’s 1500m
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Athletics – Women’s 1500m
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Athletics – Men’s 5000m
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Badminton – Men’s Singles
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Boxing – Men’s Lightweight
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Boxing – Men’s Middleweight
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Canoeing – Men’s K1 1000m
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Cycling – Men’s Time Trial
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Cycling – Women’s Time Trial
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Judo – Men’s -73kg
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Judo – Men’s -90kg
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Judo – Men’s +100kg
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Judo – Women’s -57kg
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Judo – Women’s -63kg
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Judo – Women’s -70kg
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Judo – Mixed Team
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Karate – Men’s Kata
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Karate – Men’s -67kg
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Shooting – Women’s 10m Air Rifle
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Swimming – Men’s 50m Freestyle
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Swimming – Women’s 100m Butterfly
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Taekwondo – Men’s -68kg
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Taekwondo – Women’s -49kg
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Taekwondo – Women’s -57kg
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Weightlifting – Men’s -96kg
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Wrestling – Men’s Greco-Roman -67kg
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