Latest Refugee Olympic Team News

For some on track, Olympic moment means more than fast times

Jul. 31, 2021 02:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The official clock showed sprinter Scott Fiti's stay at the Olympics lasted 11.25 seconds. That's 11.25 seconds he'll remember forever. Simply racing down the track in the preliminary round of the men's 100 meters — the round before...

IOC to adapt refugee athletes program to counter criticism

Jul. 27, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Refugee athletes need to be given more chances to compete and earn money in international sports, the IOC said Tuesday following criticism from runners who left the Olympic program. Several potential members of the Refugee Olympic Team forfeited their...

Olympics Latest: Rashitov wins taekwondo gold at Tokyo Games

Jul. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Ulugbek Rashitov won Uzbekistan’s first Olympic taekwondo gold medal...

Iranian taekwondoka barely misses refugee team's 1st medal

Jul. 25, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh barely missed out on the Refugee Olympic Team's first-ever medal, losing to Turkey’s Hatice Kübra İlgün in their bronze medal taekwondo bout at the Tokyo Games. Alizadeh won bronze in Rio de Janeiro for Iran, becoming...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is set to include 29 athletes...

The Latest: Osaka lights cauldron at Tokyo opening ceremony

Jul. 23, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, ending the...

AP sources: Refugee Team head Tegla Loroupe tests positive

Jul. 18, 2021 04:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former distance runner Tegla Loroupe, the chief of mission for the IOC's Refugee Olympic Team, has tested positive for COVID-19, two people with knowledge of her condition have told The Associated Press. Loroupe tested positive before the team was to depart...

Olympic athlete, staffer test positive for virus in Tokyo

Jul. 15, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Olympic athlete and a staffer linked to the Tokyo Games tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan, organizers said Thursday. The two people, who were not identified, were among six new cases — including four contractors who are residents of...

Virus case delays refugee Olympic team's Tokyo arrival

Jul. 14, 2021 06:01 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Almost all of the athletes from the refugee Olympic team have had their arrival at the Tokyo Games delayed after a team official tested positive for the coronavirus. Twenty-six refugee athletes from around the world will stay and train in Qatar, where...