7 Taekwondo Athletes on Track for Tokyo 2020 IOC Refugee Team

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Amir (right) is attacking opponent at the competition (1)

Athlete Scholarship Holders Named; Team to be Announced Next June, 2020

SEOUL, Korea (21 June, 2019) – Five taekwondo athletes have made the list of refugee athlete scholarship-holders who are eligible to be part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020.

The list, which comprises a total of 37 refugee athlete scholarship-holders, was announced by the IOC. The final composition of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020 will be announced in June 2020.

Note: The list of refugee athletes was expanded to 42 athletes, and two more Taekwondo athletes were added after IOC announced.

Taekwondo at the Forefront

Both the IOC and WT have – in recognition of the global refugee crisis – been strong supporters of refugee athletes.

The IOC decided, at the IOC Session in October 2018 to field an IOC Refugee Olympic Team at Tokyo 2020. The first such team competed in Rio in 2016.

WT and its related charity, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, has undertaken multiple initiatives in countries including Jordan, Nepal, Rwanda and Turkey, offering refugees taekwondo training.

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One of the athletes on the IOC list, Syrian refugee Wael Fawaz Al-Farraj, was the first black belt produced by the WT/THF flagship project, the Humanitarian Taekwondo Center in the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan. In the center, new fully-dedicated taekwondo training facility was also inaugurated on April 1, 2018.

“Taekwondo is one of the most economical and deployable sports in the Olympic movement, and that makes it an ideal sport and lifestyle-enhancement program for refugees,” said WT President Chungwon Choue.

The taekwondo athletes on the list are:

Wael Fawaz Al-Farraj. Country of origin: Syria.  Currently living in: Jordan. Weight: -58kg.  Training location: Azraq Refugee Camp. Scholarship start date: June 2018

Amir Mohammad Hosseini.  Country of origin: Islamic Republic of Iran. Currently living in: Germany. Weight: -58kg. Training location: Dusseldorf/Nuremberg. Scholarship start date: January 2019

Dina Pouryounes Langeroudi. Country of origin: Islamic Republic of Iran. Currently living in: The Netherlands. Weight: -49kg. Training location: The Hague. Scholarship start date: May 2018

Kasra Mehdipournejad. Country of origin: Islamic Republic of Iran. Currently living in: Germany. Weight: -80kg. Training location: Berlin. Scholarship start date: January 2019

Abdullah Sediqi. Country of origin: Afghanistan. Currently living in: Belgium. Weight:-68kg. Training location: Antwerp . Scholarship start date: January 2018

[from left] IOC President Thomas Bach, Abdullah Sediqi (BEL) and WT President Chungwon Choue

IOC announces list of Refugee Athlete Scholarship-Holders aiming to be part of IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020

Newly added list below.

Seyed Ehsan Naghibzadeh. Country of origin: Islamic Republic of Iran. Currently living in: Switzerland. Weight:-58kg. Training location: Urnäsch, Switzerland. Scholarship start date: September 2019

Ali Noghandoost. Country of origin: Islamic Republic of Iran. Currently living in: Croatia. Weight:-58kg. Training location: Zagreb, Croatia. Scholarship start date: September 2019