Nine Africans from the Refugee Team secure places at Paris 2024. AFRICA OLYMPIC

Boxer Cindy Ngamba and Ethiopian runner Farida Abaroge have secured their places at the Olympic Games as part of the African contingent making up the 36-member team that will attend the Paris 2024 Opening Ceremony.

Ngamba and Abaroge are two of the women who are part of this group of nine African athletes who make up the Refugee Team and will be joined at the Olympic Games by athletes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Cameroon, Sudan and South Sudan. The Refugee Olympic Team consists of 36 athletes from 11 different countries. There are 23 male and 13 female athletes competing in 12 sports.

These athletes live in 15 countries (Kenya, USA, Canada, Mexico, Jordan, Israel and 9 European countries). They will take part in the parade led by Greece at the Opening Ceremony on 26 July. They will benefit from the IOC Olympic Solidarity Scholarship Programme for Refugee Athletes. Given the large number of displaced people in the world, the Refugee Team was created by the IOC for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to ensure that athletes can continue to compete even if they are forced to leave their home countries.

IOC President Dr Thomas Bach said:, "This is something we all have to praise. It's not just about the performance. It's about the emotional value of sending this symbol of hope to the more than 100 million people who have unfortunately been forced to migrate. And at the same time, making people around the world aware of the scale of the refugee crisis. The presence of these elite athletes, representing more than 100 million refugees and migrants worldwide, should make them proud. It should also make them happy."

Boxer Cindy Ngamba will be one of the Africans who will be on the Refugee Team for Paris 2024. GETTY IMAGES
Boxer Cindy Ngamba will be one of the Africans who will be on the Refugee Team for Paris 2024. GETTY IMAGES

The athletes were selected on the basis of their sporting achievements. Ahead of the Paris 2024 Games, 36 were selected from a group of 73 Refugee Olympic Scholarship recipients. Their Olympic training will be organised in Bayeux, in the north of France. They will concentrate there.

ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf said, "This is an IOC initiative. It shows the humanitarian aspect of Olympic sport. Africa, with its 9 athletes, is well positioned in view of the ever-increasing number of refugees in the world". On Thursday 2 May, 36 athletes from 11 different countries were named as members of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for Paris 2024, organised by 15 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and competing in 12 sports.

On 2 May, Bach announced the IOC Refugee Olympic Team. The ceremony was broadcast live from the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. The team will be making its third Olympic appearance and will represent more than 100 million displaced people worldwide. 

The composition of the team was approved by the IOC Executive Board (EB) on the basis of a number of criteria. The most important of these are each athlete's sporting ability and refugee status, as verified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The team also reflects the more than 100 million displaced people around the world. It is balanced in terms of sports, gender and country of origin.

The vast majority of the athletes have been selected from refugee athletes supported by the IOC through the Refugee Athletes' Scholarship Programme. The programme is funded by the IOC Olympic Solidarity Programme and managed by the Olympic Refugee Foundation.