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Paralympics also to field a refugee team, officials say

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - The Paralympics, like the Rio Olympic games, will also field a team comprised of international refugees, the International Paralympics Committee (IPC) announced Friday.

The IPC said the names of the team members will be disclosed in the course of this month. They will perform under the team name of International Paralympics Athletes (IPA).

The team will take part in the September 7 opening ceremony bearing the Paralympics flag, while the Paralympics hymn will be played in those ceremonies for any of winning members of the team, IPC said.

The refugees must have official refugee status as verified by the United Nations in order to be eligible to compete. The team will have a chef de mission, trainers and assistants like any other team. The IPC will bear all the costs.

"Through their performances those competing in the IPA Team will stand for courage, determination, inspiration and equality on a global stage," commented IPC president Sir Philip Craven. "They will show to the world what can be achieved by the strength of the human spirit."

On their arrival in Rio, they will stay in the Athletes‘ Village, joining more than 4,300 athletes from upwards of 160 countries.



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