'Team Refugee' Will Compete At The 2016 Summer Olympics In Rio
International Olympic Committee officials say about five to 10 refugee athletes are expected to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.By Matt Moreno | March 3, 2016
A team of refugees will compete at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after getting approval from the International Olympic Committee.
IOC President Thomas Bach made the official announcement late Wednesday, saying Team Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA) will be made up of United Nations-verified refugees and "treated like all the other teams."
While 43 prospective athletes have been identified for the team, IOC officials say there will likely be between five and 10 athletes competing under the Olympic flag. The athletes would be given funds to train for the games.