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IWF Refugee Team: two more days to send applications!

Following the announcement by the IWF on March 1 about the launch of the IWF Refugee Team, our International Federation has already received several applications for this programme. According to the established milestones, potential candidates have until March 25, 2023 to manifest their interest.

As a reminder, to be eligible to this programme, athletes must be recognised as refugees or beneficiaries of international protection, in according with the criteria established by the UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Moreover, the participation of those athletes at IWF events will be based on the assessment from the IWF Member Federation or National Olympic Committee in the athlete’s host country of residence.

Once approved by the IWF, the Refugee Team will compete under the acronym WRT, will use the official IWF flag and is subject to the IWF Anti-Doping Rules. Finally, a coach/manager of the Team will also be appointed by the IWF, so that the selected athletes can be properly integrated in a training programme. Athletes and coach will have to follow and complete the WADA ADEL online course and other educational programmes deemed necessary for their preparation.

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