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The plan to allow refugees to take part in the Olympics was originally announced last fall when Bach, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, said, “The Olympic Games are the time when the values of tolerance, solidarity and peace are brought to life”.

International Olympic Committee officials say about five to 10 refugee athletes are expected to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“These athletes have no national team to belong to, they have no flag to march behind, no national anthem to be played”, Bach said.
The IOC will appoint officials, coaches and other personnel for the team and will also provide team uniforms for the athletes.
Dozens of others have now been discovered in various refugee camps.
The IOC has long provided aid to elite athletes affected by the worldwide refugee crisis, this year asking participating NOCs to identify refugee athletes with potential to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The athletes selected for the team will then receive funding for training.
They will reside in the Olympic village with other athletes but will also undergo drug testing procedures, which will be administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Sarah and Ysra Mardini, who fled Syria in August and now train in Germany, are two Team ROA hopefuls, according to the Associated Press.
When the boat started taking on water, Mardini and her sister Sarah got in the water and swum the vessel and the 20 people on board to safety.
Of her hopes to compete under the International Olympic Committee flag, she said: “I can not fight for my country. I will fight for all refugees in the world, to defend all refugees in the world”, Mabika told The Guardian in early January.