Does professional sport have a role to play in integrating refugees?
ONCE AGAIN, DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE Summer Olympic Games, a small collection of athletes will march together under the Olympic flag, not the flags of their own nations. Tokyo 2020 will be the second Games in succession where it has been necessary to enter a team made up of refugees and displaced individuals.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) deserves credit for providing an incredible opportunity for talented athletes who have had to endure such unfathomable suffering. Thomas Bach, the IOC president, probably articulated it best during his announcement at the Youth Olympic Games last week when he said that in an “ideal world” there would be no need for such a team.