Cycling: the International Cycling Union creates a statute "refugee athlete"

This approach, undertaken on the sidelines of the world championships in Australia, is in line with that initiated at the end of 2015 by the International Olympic Committee.

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The International Cycling Union (UCI) created, Wednesday, September 21, a status of “refugee athlete” allowing riders to line up in competition without being attached to their federation of origin.

The objective is to “promote the participation of athletes in high-level international competitions”specifies the world body, which met its steering committee in Wollongong (Australia) on the sidelines of the World Road Cycling Championships.

For decades, the sports movement has become accustomed to staying away from conflict. But the obligation to be registered by his national federation concretely prevented a good number of refugee athletes from competing, like the Afghan athletes fleeing the Taliban.

The UCI has therefore modified its regulations to open up access to “major events – World Cups and World Championships in particular” under the new status of “refugee athlete”, without national attachment. For the runners concerned, this new route “also aligns with their potential participation with the Refugee Olympic Team at the Olympics”recalls the world organization.

During the United Nations General Assembly in October 2015, in the midst of the Syrian crisis, IOC President Thomas Bach announced the creation of this new delegation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which has since been renewed at each edition.

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