— Published 23 July 2021

The refugee team is complete

Réfugiés équipe

The Olympic refugee team, the second in history after a first experience at the Rio 2016 Games (pictured above), is now complete in Tokyo. James MacLeod, the director of Olympic Solidarity at the IOC, confirmed it this Friday, July 23rd, during a press briefing. The 29 athletes have all arrived in the Japanese capital, in scattered order, the last one having joined Japan on Thursday evening after a very long flight and multiple stopovers. But the delegation’s head of mission, the former Kenyan marathon runner Tegla Loroupe, is still missing. She is still stuck for health reasons in Doha, Qatar, base camp of some of the refugee athletes before their arrival in Tokyo. A rare event: the entire delegation will parade in the opening ceremony. But James MacLeod told Gamesfacts that the IOC does not plan to send a refugee team to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. The next delegation is announced for the Paris Games in 2024.