Refugee team to compete at Rio Games: IOC

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ATHENS: A cross-nation team of refugees will participate in this year’s Rio Olympics to send a “message of hope,” International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said Thursday. “The IOC has decided to invite the highest-qualified refugee athletes to the Olympic Games in Rio,” Bach said at the Eleonas camp in Athens, a facility housing hundreds of migrants hoping to find passage to northern Europe. The refugee team, around five to ten strong, will participate as a delegation in its own right and be lodged at the Olympic Village with the rest of the athletes, Bach said.

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