IOC President praises “Sport Coalition for Refugees” during Global Refugee Forum

IOC President Thomas Bach praised the creation of a “sport coalition for refugees” during the first-ever Global Refugee Forum on 17 December 2019.

The coalition comprises National Olympic Committees, International Federations, governments, clubs, associations and civility society organisations and was formed through the work of the IOC, UNHCR and Olympic Refuge Foundation.

The coalition pledges:

– To promote and ensure access for all refugees, without distinction of any kind, to safe and inclusive sporting facilities.

– To increase availability and access to organised sports and sport-based initiatives for refugee and hosting communities, actively considering age, gender, ability and other diversity needs.

– To promote and facilitate equal access to and the participation of refugees in sporting events and competitions at all levels.

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