Three athletes who have fled their home countries have been given hope of
participating at the Olympic Games in Rio next year, the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) said Wednesday.
The trio are a swimmer from Syria now in Germany, a Congolese judo player now
in Brazil and an Iranian taekwando fighter who is in Belgium, IOC director
Pere Miro told reporters on the fringe of executive committee meeting in
The IOC called on international federations to highlight the cases of
other refugee athletes who could take part at Rio under the Olympic flag if
they meet the sporting qualifying criteria.