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'Refugee Team' at the Paralympic Games of Rio!

The International Paralympic Committee has announced that a small group of refugee and asylee Para athletes will compete as part of an Independent Paralympic Athletes (IPA) Team at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The team who will be named later this month will compete under the Paralympic Flag, which carries the Paralympic symbol the Agitos, and will march first at the Opening Ceremony on 7 September. For official presentations, such as medal and village welcome ceremonies, the Paralympic Anthem will be played.

The team will be accompanied in Rio de Janeiro by a Chef de Mission, coaches and support staff and the IPC will cover their travel and other associated expenses. Before they arrive the IPA Team will undergo medical checks and receive anti-doping education. Upon arrival in Rio, they will stay in the Athletes’ Village alongside more than 4,300 athletes from around 160 countries.

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