International Olympic Committee

“We help [high-level refugee athletes] to make their dream of sporting excellence come true, even when they have to flee from violence and hunger. This will be a symbol of hope for all the refugees in our world, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis.”

IOC President Thomas Bach

In 2016, the landmark decision made by the IOC to support the first Refugee Team at the Rio Games 2016, where approximately six to 12 athletes hope to qualify for a team spot, represented a unique step forward for the refugee cause.

Since 2010, OIC has provided more than USD 1.6 million in support of UNHCR.