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International Paralympic Committee announces refugee team will compete at Rio Games

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On Friday, the International Paralympic Committee announced that a refugee team will compete at the Rio Games next month, with the nominated refugees to be named soon.  This announcement follows early comments after the Olympic refugee was name that the IPC was interested in doing something similar, but was finding it difficult to identify qualified competitors for such a team.

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The refugee team will march first in the parade of nations during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Games.  The team will also have a Chef de Mission, be provided with support personnel, stay at the Paralympic Village, and be subjected to all the same participation requirements during the Games including doping controls.  The Agitos Foundation will then provide long-term support for these athletes.

Members of the team have been nominated by a National Paralympic Committee.  NPCs were one of the major drivers behind the scenes in getting the IPC to name such a team.  They were best placed to identify potential sportspeople for such a team and bring them to the attention of the IPC.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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