2016 Olympics will have a ‘refugee’ team

Identity politics, affirmative action, and victimhood have arrived at the International Olympics.

Not only are pre-op transgenders (including fully-biological males who will compete as females) now allowed to compete, the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will have a “refugee” team!

International Olympic Committee logo

Since its inception, the Olympics Games have been nation or country-based, i.e., individuals compete as nationals of a country. But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has given its approval for 43 athletes to compete at this summer’s Rio Olympics as a team of Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA) under the Olympic flag.

As BBC News reports, March 2, 2016, IOC president Thomas Bach said, “By welcoming ROA to the Olympic Games in Rio, we want to send a message of hope to all the refugees of the world. This team will be treated like all the other teams. This team may end up between five and 10 athletes maybe. We have no target. It depends very much on the sporting qualifications.”

IOC president Thomas Bach is a German lawyer

IOC president Thomas Bach is a German lawyer

Selection criteria for the team of Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA) are sporting ability, “personal circumstances” (whatever that means), and United Nations-verified refugee status. Athletes will then be supported with funds to train. They will be housed in the athletes’ village and will enter the opening ceremony as the penultimate team, ahead of hosts Brazil.

So far, fewer than half of the 7.5 million tickets issued for the August 5-21 Rio Games have been sold.

My questions are:

  1. If these “refugee” athletes are so physically fit as to be Olympian athletes, why don’t they return to their home country and fight?
  2. Why are the athletes not competing as members of the country that had generously taken them into their fold?
  3. How long is an athlete classified as a “refugee”? Let’s say an individual had fled from Syria to Germany 5 years ago, is this person still considered a “refugee”?


9 responses to “2016 Olympics will have a ‘refugee’ team

  1. Why doesn’t the Olympic committee create a Special Olympics for
    ‘refugees’. They can demonstrate their prowess in persecuting non Muslims, crossing borders, making bombs and bowing toward Mecca.
    I suppose that other Olympians will not protest or refuse to participate as they have worked so had to be among the legitimate teams.

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  2. Gee, athletes without a country. Now that’s different. Wonder why people aren’t buying tickets to see athletes who may or not be terrorists, who get to compete for free, who have barged into countries that don’t want them there and won’t assimilate? Who wouldn’t want to cheer these poor folks on? Oh wait, I seem to remember something happening once at an Olympics with Israeli athletes….hostage taking, violence, terrorism.
    Naaah, that could NEVER happen again, right?
    Oh hell, I’ll buy front row seats to such a preposterous event!
    Dear Lord give me strength! Just when you think things can’t get any worse they do!

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  3. traildustfotm

    And how long can a member of the East German Women’s Olympic team continue to compete as a woman? (sarc) 😀


  4. Are they going to create a team for muslim women too? Maybe they can compete on who can put on a suicide bomber vest and detonate it the quickest. I vote for using live bombs instead of fakes. A very speedy competition with medals awarded posthumously. Could be very entertaining for the attendees! Please forgive my rather sick sense of humor today, but John’s post sent me to that place I go sometimes when I’m pondering solutions to rid the world of these savages.


  5. The Olympics lost me when they decided to let the pre-op men transitioning to women compete against real women who naturally have a lower lean body tissue/muscle mass that men who have naturally higher testosterone. Now we have to put up with teams of “refugees,” who will be funded by the United Nations. This is but another reason we need to get the UN out of the US, and get the US out of the UN. Our country has such a high financial commitment (call that rip-off) to the UN, and now we are asked to fund this kind of nonsense. The more twisted the Olympics become, the less people are interested in it . . . and I am at the top of the list.

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  6. Bach needs to be removed and all those under him agreeing. They are making a mockery of the Olympics. Full males competing with females, really? If I were a female and found out a male was in my group, I would walk off and be very vocal about it. Even if they have had surgery, the genes and DNA are still there.
    Rio was a horrible choice for the Olympics, first, they don’t have the money and second, they can’t get the surrounding waters where completions will be held, cleaned up. I wouldn’t get near them. I suspect this will be held together with duct tape and bailing twine.

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  7. All the world is a stage, and we are being played. Big time.

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  8. And just think….years ago, we all THOUGHT “Eddie the Eagle” (of Olympic legend and now a movie) was a joke. My youngest kid (he & his older brother were international competitors in different sports) used to warn me and his dad to never make a jest of anything because it would “come back at us” double time….. By the looks of today’s Olympic standards, I raised a genius or at least a clairvoyant…..


  9. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. I agree, that your last three questions must be answered in order to understand their position from the standpoint of logic, reason and common sense. I guess I have to ask this question, “Just what is your (Olympic Committee) point?


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