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Don’t miss the deadline to apply for the 2024 IWF Refugee Team: January 31!

As announced last December, the IWF has initiated the process to constitute its Refugee Team for 2024, by sending all the relevant documents concerning this programme. In accordance to this procedure, the deadline to receive the proposals is January 31, 2024 while on February 28, the IWF decides on the final constitution of the IWF Refugee Team for the current year.

The new programme stipulates that a minimum of four athletes (two male, two female) will be part of the team – any IOC Refugee Scholarship holder will be automatically added to this number. As in 2023, a coach/manager will also be appointed to supervise the team’s activities, while next year’s novelties include the nomination of a physiotherapist.

In terms of eligibility, athletes must be officially recognised as refugees in their country, in accordance with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and may be entered in IWF events. Asylum seekers are not accepted in the programme. Moreover, lifters are required to have a travel document and must comply with article 5.5.16 of the IWF Anti-Doping Rules, by which whereabouts information of the athletes shall be submitted at minimum three months prior to the event. Finally, all athletes and support personnel must complete the WADA ADEL online course before competing and present their certificate to the IWF/ITA. In accordance with article 17.2.2 of the IWF Anti-Doping Rules, the IWF may also decide to request that athletes complete education activities before and/or during their participation in selected events as a condition of such participation.

The 2024 IWF Refugee Team programme will be effective until the conclusion of the IWF World Championships, next December in Manama (BRN). While these athletes are not part of the Olympic Qualification system, they will be able to attend IWF competitions throughout the year and will be invited to take part in at least one training camp during the upcoming months.

Relevant documents:

2024 IWF Refugee Programme Policy

2024 IWF Refugee Team Application Form

2024 IWF Refugee Team Coach and Manager job description

2024 IWF Refugee Team Physiotherapist Application Form