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domingo, 30 de abril de 2017

Men’s Skeet Preview: Cyprus’ Achilleos leads the pack after the first 50 targets

Skeet Men Day 1

ISSF World Cup Shotgun · Larnaka, CYP

94 athletes are competing in the men’s Skeet event at the last ISSF Shotgun World Cup Stage of the season, in Larnaka (CYP). Georgios Achilleos leads the ranking, tied at 50 hits with other six athletes, after the first qualification day.
The ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Larnaka, Cyprus, continues with the men’s Skeet event.

The athletes went through the first qualification day today (April the 30th), shooting two series for a total of 50 out of 125 qualification targets. The competition will proceed tomorrow, with three more qualification series followed by the elimination-style final.

At the end of day-1, seven athletes lead the pack with a perfect score of 50 out 50 targets. Among them, the home athlete Georgios Achilleos, the 2007 ISSF World Champion and a 14-time world cup medalist.

He is chased by Saif Bin Futtais of the United Arab Emirates, USA’s Christian Elliott, Argentina’s Federico Gill, Great Britain’s Ben William David Llewellin, Denmark’s Mikkel Petersen and Russia’s Alexander Zemlin, all with a score of 50 hits.

Day-2 will start tomorrow morning (May the 1st) at 8 AM, with three additional series to be shot.

The top-6 athletes will then advance to the final scheduled at 17.45 (UTC+3).

For the complete results of the men’s Skeet competition day-1, click here.

The final match will be streamed live on the ISSF website, on the Federation’s Livestream channel and on its official Facebook page.

Live results of the competition, news and updates will be available on www.issf-sports.org and on all ISSF social media platforms: FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeWeibo and Youku.

(*in the picture: Georgios Achilleos, Cyprus, archive photo)

Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source ISSF Website

Wei Meng steals the show in Larnaka, beating Rhode to win the women’s Skeet final

Final Skeet Women

ISSF World Cup Shotgun · Larnaka, CYP

Rio 2016 finalist Wei Meng of the People’s Republic of China claimed the women’s Skeet Gold with two targets of advantage over favorite Kimberly Rhode of USA.
Wei Meng of the People’s Republic of China, 27, won today’s Skeet Women final at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Larnaka, Cyprus.

The 27-year old shooter scored 54 targets in the final to beat USA’s 6-time Olympic medalist Kimberly Rhode, who finished in second with 52 hits.

Wei had passed through the qualifications with 71 hits, and survived a shoot-off scoring +13 +10 targets to advance to the final match.

There she shot solidly, missing just 6 targets out of 60 to end up on the highest step of the podium. Wei had won a world cup silver in Tucson (USA) in 2014 and a bronze in Acapulco (MEX) in 2015. Through today’s victory, she qualified for the 2017 ISSF World Cup Final, that will be held in New Delhi in October when she hopes to improve her records (she won two world cup final silver medals in 2014 and 2016).

The Chinese winner stole the show to Kimberly Rhode, who arrived here in Larnaka as the favorite after winning the 2016 ISSF World Cup Final and the first two ISSF World Cup Stages of the season in New Delhi and Acapulco. The 37-year old 6-time Olympic medalist took today’s Silver as she missed 8 targets in the final, in spite of qualifying with the highest score (73 hits out of 75 targets) this morning.  

Following Rhode, it was the 2010 Asian Champion Sutiya Jiewchaloemmit of Thailand, ranked fourth in the world, who claimed today’s Bronze medal with 41 hits. The 30-year old shooter missed her chances to finish upon the second step of the podium as she dropped a fatal target on station 5.

The two Italian finalists Simona Scocchetti and Chiara Cainero ended up in 4th and 5th places with 30 and 22 hits, respectively. Rhode’s teammate Dania Jo Vizzi took place 6 with 15 hits while making her first appearance in a world cup final round.

Over 400 athletes from 61 countries are competing in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Larnaka, the last shotgun stage of the year. The competition will continue tomorrow, with the men’s Skeet final, scheduled at 17.45 (UTC+3).

The final match will be streamed live on the ISSF website, on the Federation’s Livestream channel and on its official Facebook page.

Live results of the competition, news and updates will be available on www.issf-sports.org and on all ISSF social media platforms: FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeWeibo, and Youku.
1. WEI Meng
2. RHODE Kimberly

Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source ISSF Website

sábado, 29 de abril de 2017

Women’s Skeet event preview: Kimberly Rhode chases fourth consecutive Gold

Skeet Women

ISSF World Cup Shotgun · Larnaka, CYP

USA’s 6-time Olympic medalist Kimberly Rhode is in the spotlight at the ISSF World Cup in Larnaka, Cyprus. She’s the favorite in the first competition, the women’s Skeet event, starting tomorrow morning at 8 Am.
The first competition of the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Larnaka, Cyprus, the women’s Skeet event, will see some of the best athletes of the world shooting for the medals. 

Four out of the six Olympic finalists of Rio 2016 are set to compete in the event. USA’s 6-time Olympic medalist Kimberly Rhode (Bronze in Rio 2016) arrived here in Cyprus after nailing three consecutive victories, at the 2016 ISSF World Cup Final in Rome and at both the 2017 ISSF World Cup Stages in New Delhi (IND) and Acapulco (MEX). 

In Larnaka, where she’s chasing the fourth gold in a row, she will meet again Italy’s 2008 Olympic Champion and 2016 Olympic Silver medalist Chiara Cainero of Italy, and Rio 2016 4th and 6th placed Wei Meng of the People’s Republic of China and Amber Hill of Great Britain. 

Rhode will also face young, up and coming athletes, competing on the layouts of the Olympic Shooting Range of Larnaka. Her 22-year old teammate Dania Jo Vizzi, a 2015 junior world championship bronze medalist, is set to compete in the event tomorrow, and the silver medalist of the 2016 ISSF Junior World Cup Niina Aaltonen of Finland will also be among the medal contenders. 

The competition will start at 8.00 (UTC+3) tomorrow morning (April the 30th). All athletes will go through three 25-clay qualification rounds, for a total of 75 targets. The top-6 will advance to the final, scheduled at 17.15 (UTC+3), where they will compete for the medals in an elimination-style round. 

The final match will be streamed live on the ISSF website, on the Federation’s Livestream channel and on its official Facebook page

Live results of the competition, news and updates will be available on www.issf-sports.org and on all ISSF social media platforms: FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube, Weibo and Youku.

Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source - ISSF Website

quinta-feira, 27 de abril de 2017

Vadovicova takes win in comeback fashion

Three shooters on a podium with event mascot
From left, Germany's Natascha Hiltrop, and Slovakians Veronika Vadovicova 
 and Radoslav Malenovsky after the R3 event.                                          

 © • Alicja Krolikowska

The Slovakian Paralympic shooting champion won the R3 event at the Grand Prix in Szczecin, Poland.

The 2017 World Para Sport Shooting Grand Prix opened with a thrilling elimination round in the R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone) that saw Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovicova triumph in comeback fashion on Wednesday (26 April) in Szczecin, Poland.
Although trailing but never too far from Germany’s Natascha Hiltrop(252.6), the Slovakian capitalized on Hiltrop’s 9.7 score late in the elimination round to win by 0.4 points.
It has become a common scene with the two shooters battling for the R3 prize. Vadovicova twice triumphed over the 24-year-old German, recently at the season-opening World Cup in February and at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Fellow Slovakian Radoslav Malenovsky (231.2) rounded off the podium.
The opening day concluded with P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1), which also came down to the wire. It was Ukraine’s Olga Kovalchuk (229.9) who held on in the last round claim the top prize.
Sweden’s Yu-Jeong Bang (227.2) evened the score to position herself for her first career victory. But the 38-year-old could not match the Rio 2016 silver medallist’s perfection with her last two shots. Iryna Liakhu (204.8) added another medal for Ukraine for the day in third.
Competition continues on Thursday (27 April) with R2 (women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1) and R4 (mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2) events, and runs until Saturday (29 April).
 Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source - https://www.paralympic.org/news

quarta-feira, 26 de abril de 2017

The third and last Shotgun stage of the season is about to start in Larnaka

ISSF World Cup Shotgun · Larnaka, CYP
After competing in New Delhi (IND) and Acapulco (MEX), the best Shotgun shooters in the world will gather in Cyprus from April 28th to May 8th, where they compete in the ISSF World Cup Stage 3.
The third competition of the 2017 ISSF Season will kick-off in two days in Larnaka (CYP), where the ISSF World Cup Stage 3 is scheduled to take place from April 28th to May 8th.

429 athletes will participate in the competition, representing 61 National Olympic Committees and piling up 435 starts. It will be the ninth World Cup stage held in the Mediterranean State, the second in Larnaka after the first one took place two years ago.

The competition will be the last chance for the athletes of the Shotgun discipline to gain qualification points for the 2017 ISSF World Cup Final, scheduled in New Delhi (IND) in the second half of October. The only other way to access the final competition of the season will be to end up on the podium of the upcoming ISSF Shotgun World Championship, taking place in Moscow (RUS) from August 30th to September 11th.

The schedule of the five final matches in Larnaka is the following:

Sunday, April 30th
Skeet Women at 5:15 pm (UTC+3:00)

Monday, May 1st
Skeet Men at 5:45 pm (UTC+3:00)

Wednesday, May 3rd
Double Trap Men at 4:15 pm (UTC+3:00)

Friday, May 5th
Trap Women at 4:45 pm (UTC+3:00)

Saturday, May 6th
Trap Men at 6:00 pm (UTC+3:00)

The 2017 ISSF World Cup Series will continue in Munich (GER), where the ISSF World Cup Stage 4 is scheduled to take place from the 17th to the 24th of May. A fifth and conclusive stage will then seal the World Cup in Gabala (AZE) from June 6th to June 14th.

The five final matches will be streamed live on the ISSF website, on the Federation’s Livestream channel and on its official Facebook page.

News and updates about the competition will be available on www.issf-sports.org and on all the social media platforms of the ISSF: FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeWeibo and Youku.

Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source - ISSF Website

terça-feira, 25 de abril de 2017

McKenna to debut at Grand Prix in Szczecin

Woman in shooting range, looking back over her shoulder, smiling
USA’s McKenna Dahl at the 2016 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup Bangkok, Thailand © • SADT

The US shooter is among those looking to build off Rio 2016 success at the second shooting Para sport event of 2017.

The first ever World Shooting Para sport Grand Prix will see more than 100 athletes from 25 countries gather in Szczecin, Poland, from Wednesday (26 April).

Live results will be available throughout the competition, which runs until 29 April, at World Shooting Para Sport’s website.
The Grand Prix will feature only air events, and will see the season debuts of Rio 2016 Paralympic medallists, including the USA’s McKenna Dahl. Dahl made history last September when she became the first female shooter from her country to win a Paralympic medal. In Szczecin, the 20-year-old will take on the R4 (mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2) and especially the R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2), in which she took Paralympic bronze.
Ukrainian Rio 2016 silver medallist Olga Kovalchuk will also make her first appearance in 2017, as she highlights the P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1).
Many shooters are also coming off the heels of success from the season-opening World Cup that was held in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovicova is riding momentum after bagging four gold medals on her season debut in February. She will take on the R2 (women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1) and R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) – both in which she holds the Paralympic titles.
Germany’s Natascha Hiltrop however will get another chance to challenge the Slovakian star after their duel in Al Ain. The 24-year-old had a solid season debut, taking three podium finishes but was mostly beaten by Vadovicova.
Paralympic silver medallist Abdulla Sultan Alaryani is one to watch in the R1 (men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1). He too had a successful showing at his home World Cup that saw him claim three medals.
Eyes will also be on Ukraine’s Oleksii Denysiuk. Having entered the sport’s scene only last season, Denysiuk started the season strong in Al Ain where he captured three medals, including two golds. The Rio 2016 bronze medallist will continue his second full season in the sport in Szczecin in the P5 (mixed air pistol standard SH1) and P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1).
Competition gets underway with R3 and P2 on Wednesday.

Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Soure - https://www.paralympic.org/news/mckenna-debut-grand-prix-szczecin

Centro Olímpico de Tiro Esportivo, doravante denominado Centro Militar de Tiro Esportivo (CMTE).


O Exército Brasileiro recebeu como legado dos Jogos Olímpicos Rio 2016, o Centro Olímpico de Tiro Esportivo, doravante denominado Centro Militar de Tiro Esportivo (CMTE).

Para permitir a eficiente utilização das instalações por parte dos atletas de alto rendimento, dos atletas amadores seniores, juniores e mesmo principiantes, estão sendo tomadas as seguintes medidas:

1) Assinatura de acordo de cooperação com a Confederação Brasileira de Tiro Esportivo para a plena utilização do Centro (treinamento de atletas e organização de competições nacionais e internacionais);

2) Revitalização do Estande Nacional (50 postos de tiro a 50 e 25 metros e 40 silhuetas automáticas a 25m) para permitir a prática das provas nacionais em alvos de papel;

3) Instalação dos novos equipamentos (alvos eletrônicos SIUS e máquinas lançadoras de pratos LAPORTE) nas pedanas e estandes olímpicos para permitir o treinamento de atletas e a organização de eventos nacionais e internacionais.

4) Montagem dos alvos eletrônicos antigos (20 postos de cada a 10m, 25m e 50m) para permitir o treinamento de atletas e a realização de eventos até o término da instalação dos novos alvos em 2 de junho próximo.

Dessa forma, a partir da 2ª Etapa do Campeonato Brasileiro de Car/Pst/RF (17, 18 e 19 de março), o CMTE já estará operando, mesmo que ainda não completamente, para receber os atletas da Confederação.

Para assegurar o ingresso nas instalações, nos dias de evento, ou mesmo para o treinamento diário, basta apresentar sua identidade acompanhada da carteira da CBTE dentro da validade.

Tão logo as pedanas estejam operando (previsão para meados de abril), terão início as atividades, também no Tiro ao Prato.

Aguardamos a presença maciça de nossos atletas e amigos na 2ª Etapa do Campeonato Brasileiro.

por: CBTE

Postado por Thom Erik Syrdahl
Fonte Site da CBTE

sexta-feira, 21 de abril de 2017

Seletivas Ibero Americano, Sulamericano e Mundial Júnior

Atletas serão escolhidos para integrar seleção de Car/Pst em 3 eventos deste ano

A Seletiva será realiza entre os dias 3 e 7 de maio no CMTE (Centro Militar de Tiro Esportivo), antigo CNTE, na cidade do Rio de Janeiro.

Cada atleta será responsável por suas despesas, como passagem, hospedagem, alimentação e transporte, não sendo cobrada taxa de inscrição nas disciplinas em que for participar.

Esta seletiva será utilizada pra definir a equipe que representará o Brasil no Ibero Americano, Sulamericano e Mundial Júnior.

O critério para convocação da equipe, será a classificação da seletiva, observando a quantidade de vagas por disciplinas para cada país e a verba disponível para cada competição. O atleta que não se classificar, poderá participar das Competições pagando suas despesas, observando-se a quantidade de vagas por disciplinas disponíveis para cada país e a classificação na seletivas.

Os interessados em participar das seletivas deverão mandar email com nome completo e disciplinas que pretendem participar até dia 1 de maio às 18:00h para ljames@ig.com.br e ranking@cbte.org.br.

por: CBTE

Postado por Thom Erik Syrdahl
Fonte - Site da CBTE

quinta-feira, 20 de abril de 2017

1st INTARSO Reflex Shooting Cup - 2nd of June – 5th of June 2017

Reflex Sport Shooting Foundation is proud of inviting you to the International Air Rifle and Air Pistol Competition

2nd of June – 5th of June 2017


Emiel Van Dorenlaan 144
3600 Genk, Belgium


60 shots Air Rifle Men and Junior Men + Finals
40 shots Air Rifle Women and Junior Women + Finals
60 shots Air Pistol Men and Junior Men + Finals
40 shots Air Pistol Women and Junior Women + Finals


12 Overall Best Air Rifle Senior (top 6 ARM and top 6 ARW)
12 Overall Best Air Rifle Junior (top 6 ARJM and top 6 ARJW)
12 Overall Best Air Pistol Senior (top 6 APM and top 6 APW)
12 Overall Best Air Pistol Junior (top 6 APJM and top 6 APJW)


The competition will be held according to the ISSF rules.


The competition will be shot on electronic targets from INTARSO.


Medals will be awarded to the top 3 athletes after each final.
INTARSO Finals will contain prize awards with a minimum value of €5.000

Entry fee:

€80,- per athlete for Seniors
€50,- per athlete for Juniors


Deadline Final registration 15th May 2017


Lunch will be available at the shooting range throughout the whole competition.


If you wish that we organize your accommodation, then you have to book it by using our official forms.


All payments must be made no later than 15th May 2017.
International Payments
IBAN: NL62 KNAB 0209 0164 26
Please state full name of the athlete or team the payment relates too.

Contact and general information

Invitation and Entry Forms

Below you can download the official invitation, entry forms and hotel reservation forms.
All forms are available in either Word/Excel or PDF format.
Alternatively you can download all files at the same time as a ZIP file, also either in Word/Excel or PDF format.
You can send your final entry forms to: info@irs-cup.eu
Entry Form IRS-CUP 2017 (Excel)Entry Form IRS-CUP 2017 (PDF)
Hotel Reservation Form IRS-CUP 2017 (Excel)Hotel Reservation Form IRS-CUP 2017 (PDF)
Hotel and Transfer Information IRS-CUP 2017(Word)Hotel and Transfer Information IRS-CUP 2017(PDF)
Official Invitation IRS-CUP 2017(Word)Official Invitation IRS-CUP 2017(PDF)
Preliminary Programme IRS-Cup 2017(word)Preliminary Programme IRS-Cup 2017(PDF)
IRS-CUP 2017 Word-Excel Forms (ZIP)IRS-CUP 2017 PDF Forms(ZIP)

5 h
We are proud to announce the official prizes of the INTARSO finals! As of this moment, each of the 4 INTARSO finals will award prizes with a value of €4700.
1st place = Electronic shooting range from INTARSO GmbH complete.
2nd place = Electronic shooting range from INTARSO GmbH without computer.
3rd place = Mechanic target runner EL3 with 1.000 pistol and rifle targets from Braundruck.

Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source - http://reflex-sportshooting-foundation.eu/Formulieren.html

segunda-feira, 17 de abril de 2017

Piauiense é escolhido para integrar seleção brasileira na Copa do Mundo de tiro esportivo

Comunicado da CBTE - Convocação para ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol Munich


A Diretoria Técnica de Carabina e Pistola convoca os seguintes atletas para participarem, entre os dias 17 a 24 de maio, da ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol Munich, a ser realizada na cidade de Munique, na Alemanha:

. Felipe Almeida Wu
. Julio Antonio de Souza Almeida
. Emerson Duarte
. Cassio Cezar de Mello Rippel
. Thais Carvalho Moura - alcançou Índice Mundo na seletiva
. Leonardo Vagner do Nascimento Moreira - tem a média do Ranking Qualidade Índice Mundo

Com a intenção de incentivar a categoria Junior e visando o Munial Junior em julho e a Olimpiada da Juventude em 2018, convocamos também os seguintes atletas juniores:

. Dimas Ferreira de Oliveira Junior
. Geovana Meyer

Foram considerados os resultados do Campeonato Brasileiro, Sulamericao e Seletiva dos atletas que obtiveram o índice Mundo, além do Ranking Qualidade. Para categoria júnior, foi adotado o critério técnico.

Outros atletas poderão se inscrever, obedendo-se a ordem de classificação na Seletiva, limitados a 6 atletas por prova. Estes atletas deverão arcar com suas despesas de inscrição, transporte, alimentação, hospedagem e outras que se fizerem necessárias.

Atletas que não tem o ID number terão custo de 10 euros para ISSF e será necessário informar junto com a solicitação de inscrição até dia 12/04.

Para se inscrever devem enviar e-mail para ranking@cbte.org.br com cópia para james@cbte.org.br, priscila@cbte.org.br e juliane@cbte.org.br até o dia 15/04.

Fonte - Confederação Brasileira de Tiro Esportivo

terça-feira, 11 de abril de 2017

1st ISSF Academy Tutors Workshop a Great Success


Due to the success and continued rising demand for D course instructors, the ISSF Academy has created a pilot workshop to train and develop qualified tutors to deliver the Academy’s D-Course to the required high standards.
Over a three-day period, 13 graduates of the ISSF Academy’s B-Courses attended a workshop in TAV Umbriaverde in Italy where they were mentored by the head tutors of the ISSF Academy Dr. Kevin Kilty (IRL), Dr. Zeljko Todorovic (MNE), Mr. Kimmo Yli-Jaskari (FIN) and Prof. Claudio Robbaza (ITA).

The workshop focused on the correct delivery of the D-course contents, the methodologies of teaching and guidance in how to create a learning experience within the classroom. Participants took part in many workshops where they took turns in delivering modules from the D course under the critical eye of the Academy’s head tutors.

The feedback from the participants was very encouraging. Emin Jafarov (AZE) said of the course, “I was delighted to be here to test my teaching skills and to learn the most important things about the D course to get right. The Academy tutors gave us many examples from their own experiences and this was really useful to me. I’m already looking forward to running my first D course as soon as possible”

Participants in the workshop were Emin Javarov (AZE), Lisa Borgerson and Susan Nattrass (CAN), Hamed Seif Eldin Daoud (EGY), Malcolm Allen (GBR), Sonal Ramendra (IND), Guy Starik (ISR), Marko Sokic (MNE), Anne Jeppesen and Leif Rolland (NOR), Alfredo Ortiz Torres (PUR), Chea Rong Lim and Swee Hon Nigel Lim (SGP).

Academy tutor Dr. Kevin Kilty spoke of the need for this workshop, “Over the last few years we have seen dramatic and a very pleasing rise in the requests from member federations to have the ISSF Academy conduct a D course for them. The Academy needs to grow and this is our first step in creating the next generation of Academy tutors who will conduct our courses. Ii is my hope that this workshop will become a regular feature on our calendar and mark a great expansion of the Academy as we strive to deliver sport development to all our member federations.”

Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
Source ISSF Website

quinta-feira, 6 de abril de 2017

Refugee Olympic Team a symbol of unifying power of sport on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace


On the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) celebrates the Refugee Olympic Team and the power of sport to unite people and help build a peaceful and better world.

As the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) recognises sport’s universality and its power to drive social change and promote a culture of peace, what better time to recognise a group of 10 refugee Olympic athletes who not only made history at last year’s Olympic Games Rio 2016, but have become true ambassadors for the values of sport?

The Refugee Olympic Team – the first of its kind – at last summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro acted as a symbol of hope and peace for refugees across the globe. They inspired the world with the strength of their human spirit. With billions of TV spectators watching the Opening Ceremony of the Games, they also helped bring to global attention the worldwide refugee crisis.

“The Refugee Olympic athletes were some of the stars of these Olympic Games,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “They were stars in a way that they demonstrated the best of human beings; they demonstrated determination; they demonstrated what you can achieve if you want to. They also demonstrated that they are not simply refugees but that they are human beings; they are athletes who are competing with the athletes of the other 206 National Olympic Committees on an equal playing field.”

Highlighting the power of the Games to promote solidarity and tolerance, Yusra Mardini, a member of the Refugee Olympic Team, added: “We do not speak the same language, we are from different countries, but the Olympic flag unites us all together; and now we are representing 60 million [people] around the world. We want to do our best to show everyone that we can do everything we can for being good athletes and good people.”

Watch here the story of how this team of 10 refugee athletes made Olympic history, and captured the hearts of millions across the world.

Refugee Athletes on the road to Rio and beyond

At the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in October 2015, confronted with the global refugee crisis that has seen an estimated 65.3 million people in the world displaced, IOC President Thomas Bach announced the creation of the Refugee Olympic Team to take part in the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

With the help of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, the IOC identified 10 athletes, who originally hailed from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, living in forced displacement, and helped them through its Olympic Solidarity programmes to go to the Olympic Games.

Ten months on from the announcement, these 10 refugee athletes were parading in the opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games and competing alongside 11,000 fellow athletes in Brazil.

Beyond the Olympic Games, the IOC continues to support these athletes day by day through its Olympic Solidarity Refugee Athletes Support Programme, to help them to build their future.

“We are supporting them so that they can train, that they can enjoy an education, that they can hopefully one day go to university, that they integrate into the society of their host country, and even one day maybe compete for their host country in the Olympic Games or great Championships,” outlines the IOC President.

The Olympic Solidarity Refugee Athletes Support Programme offers NOCs the opportunity to identify and support a limited number of refugee athletes living in their countries to prepare and participate in high-level competitions. The programme is available to all the NOCs of countries hosting refugees and wishing to join the IOC in its effort to support and protect athletes.

Following the successful participation of the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio, the IOC is working on the definition of the “safe places” programme, as announced by the IOC President at the UN General Assembly in October 2016. In cooperation with the United Nations, this initiative will help improve the quality of life of displaced and disadvantaged children and young people worldwide by developing safe places for them to play sport.

The IDSDP, celebrated each year on 6 April, is an opportunity to highlight how sport can not only promote social development, but can also help unite people and encourage a culture of peace, build trust and self-belief, and establish bridges between groups in conflict. Contributing to building a peaceful and better world through sport is a fundamental principle of the Olympic Charter, and the Olympic Movement implements countless sports activities and initiatives aimed at driving social change every day in every corner of the world.

Join the movement at #sport4betterworld!

Learn more about the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace at: www.olympic.org/idsdp.

For an overview of the IOC’s long-standing partnership with the UN, visit: www.olympic.org/cooperation-with-the-un.