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Pre-Games Training Camp for IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020

Waseda University has officially decided to host the IOC Refugee Olympic Team’s Pre-games training camp for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Under the agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the 29 refugee athletes who arrive in Japan mid-July will make their final preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at some of the facilities of Waseda University (Shinjuku City Tokyo) and Aoki-cho Park General Sports Grounds (Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture).

The first IOC Refugee Olympic Team took part in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and included 10 athletes from South Sudan, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. The team’s participation was made possible thanks to the IOC through the Olympic Solidarity scholarship for refugee athletes’ programme. For the last 25 years, the IOC has been committed to support  refugees based on its philosophy of “building a better world through sport.

This will be the first time in history that the Team will hold a pre-games training camp in the host country.

In conjunction with the camp, Waseda University will also aim to promote exchanges between the IOC and local communities, mainly through sport and cultural exchanges.


  • Pre-games training camp period: July 14, 2021 – August 11, 2021 (tentative)
  • Locations:

Waseda Campus (1-6-1 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo)

Toyama Campus (1-24-1 Toyama, Shinjuku, Tokyo)

Aoki-cho Park General Sports Grounds(4-8-1 Nishi-Aoki, Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture)

  • Visiting athletes: 29
  • Events: Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Shooting, Swimming, Weightlifting, Wrestling (12 events in total)
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