IOC identifies 3 potential Olympians among refugees

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC said three potential Olympic athletes have been identified so far from among the wave of refugees and migrants from troubled countries.

The IOC has pledged $2 million to help refugees, and is asking authorities in refugee camps to identify any top-level international athletes.

Pere Miro, the IOC’s deputy director general for relations with the Olympic movement, said the committee would offer funding and training to help athletes qualify for Rio.

So far, he said, the list includes a female swimmer from Syria now in Germany, a male judo competitor from Congo in Brazil, and a female taekwondo competitor from Iran in Belgium.

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