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IOC Unsure If Refugee Team Will Compete At 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 07 / 16

The IOC said that the newly formed refugee team competing at this year's Olympics "was one of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro but it is not clear if it will compete at the 2020 Games in Tokyo," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The IOC unveiled its first team of refugees in June "in an...

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