Sunday, February 6, 2022

Refugee Olympic Team at 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing?



The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing started this weekend.  I have been unsuccessfully scouring the internet looking for some mention of the International Olympic Committee Refugee Team, composed of refugees from around the world.  At last year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, a global audience was inspired by the IOC Refugee Olympic Team.  The team represented the 84 million forcibly displaced people worldwide.

The Refugee Team made its debut at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Ten athletes qualified for the 2016 Olympics. 29 refugee athletes participated in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

There has been commentary about the tension between the IOC fielding a refugee team and holding the Olympics in China, with its human rights record.  But where is the Refugee Team at the Winter Olympics?


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