UNHCR / TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC REFUGEE TEAM

08-Jun-2021 00:01:21
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, celebrated today’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the Tokyo 2020 Refugee Olympic Team. After years of training, 29 refugee athletes will head to Tokyo in July to participate at this summer’s games. UNHCR
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STORY: UNHCR / TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC REFUGEE TEAM
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 JUNE 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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08 JUNE 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“First of all congratulations. Many people have asked me what do you expect of the Refugee Olympic Team. My answer is simple. I expect you to win.
2. Multiscreen, collage of faces of athletes
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“To win medals, you have to compete like everybody else and be good, as I know you are.”

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4.Various shots, 2016 Olympics

08 JUNE 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“But congratulations really for having made it to this important team. We are so proud of you and remember dear friends, dear athletes. That you have somehow additional responsibilities. Not just to do well in the competition which is the primary task that you have in Tokyo but to represent and make proud millions and millions of refugees and displaced people around the world that will be watching you and feel proud about what you will achieve.”
FILE – 2016

6. Various shots, 2016 Olympics
7. Various shots, refugee athlete profiles

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8. Various shots, child running in slow motion in refugee camp followed by drone shot of refugee camp.

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9. Wide shot, 2016 Rio Olympics child screaming joyfully
STORYLINE
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, celebrated today’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the Tokyo 2020 Refugee Olympic Team. After years of training, 29 refugee athletes will head to Tokyo in July to participate at this summer’s games.

They will compete in 12 Olympic sports in the Games, sending a powerful message of solidarity and hope to the world this summer, bringing further awareness to the plight of over 80 million displaced people worldwide.

Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees:
“We are so proud of you and remember dear friends, dear athletes. That you have somehow additional responsibilities. Not just to do well in the competition which is the primary task that you have in Tokyo but to represent and make proud millions and millions of refugees and displaced people around the world that will be watching you and feel proud about what you will achieve.”

This will be the second time a Refugee Team has participated in the Olympic Games, following the first at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

As part of its more than 25-year partnership with the IOC, UNHCR works with the IOC and the ORF to harness the power of sport to help create a world where every person forced to flee can build a better future. Together with the IOC, the ORF, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and other partners, UNHCR is leading the global call for a world in which all displaced people, including those with disabilities, can equally access and participate in sport.
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