UNHCR celebrates the 29 refugee athletes heading to Tokyo. They will compete in 12 Olympic sports, bringing further awareness to the plight of over 80 million displaced people worldwide.
‘The Journey’ is a calling for global support of the Refugee Teams competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Refugee Olympic and Paralympic athletes have a story like no other. Their stories highlight the power of sport to rebuild lives and bring hope to those forced to flee.
Sport can help promote fairness, teambuilding, equality, inclusion, and perseverance. Sport can also cross boundaries and defy stereotypes, inspire hope across nations, and help us get through times of crisis, like COVID19. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April) presents an opportunity to recognize the role that sport and physical activity plays in communities and in people’s lives. Let’s help end the pandemic by ensuring everyone is protected from COVID-19. Let’s level the playing field and recover better. #OnlyTogether will we play or cheer again. #SportDay
UNHCR today announced the appointment of Alphonso Davies, FC Bayern Munich’s left-back and player for Canada Men’s National Football Team, as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador.