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Sport and refugees weekly: 29 April 2022

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Sport and refugees weekly: 29 April 2022

Want to know what's happening in the world of sport and refugees? Here are the top headlines for the week ending on 29 April 2022.

IOC President Bach visits Ukrainian and Afghan athletes at UCI World Cycling Centre (Inside the Games)

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), visited the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, to meet with athletes who have fled Ukraine and Afghanistan. After visiting the athletes, Bach vowed that the IOC would support athletes from both countries.

Ukrainian refugee to play for Dortmund in charity game (Bol News)

Ukrainian footballer Alan Aussi will play for Borussia Dortmund in a charity game against the Ukrainian football club Dynamo Kyiv. Proceeds from the game will go to organisations providing emergency care in Ukraine.

Bristol Refugee Festival is making a return this June to unite communities across the city (Bristol Live)

From 6 to 26 June, the Bristol Refugee Festival will be held for its sixth iteration, hosting events to raise awareness on the contribution of refugees and asylum seekers. This year’s theme is ‘Healing Through Community’ and seeks to inspire change by promoting connection and community cohesion through food, music, sport, education and conversation.

Bayern Munich opens doors to Ukrainian refugees (Inside World Football)

FC Bayern Munich, in cooperation with Munich’s social services department, has launched an aid programme for Ukrainian refugees, which includes housing for disabled Ukrainians. They aim to support around 15 people for an initial duration of two years. In addition, their ‘We move together’ action will allow refugees to engage in sport activities at the FC Bayern campus.

Community Trust makes donation to Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees (Cheltenham Town FC)

The Cheltenham Town Community Trust has supported local charity, Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees (CWR), through a donation of kits and equipment. The charity provides support for refugees in Cheltenham, including community events. The donation was made after CWR reached out for support due to a growing interest in playing football among refugees.

A team in exile: Afghan women’s side plays first match after relocating to Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)

The Melbourne Victory Afghan Women’s Team (AWT) – comprised of players from Afghanistan’s national women’s football team, which is currently in exile – played their first competitive match since fleeing to Australia. The team left Kabul when the Taliban took over last year, over fears of the new government’s hostility towards women’s participation in sports.

This information has been compiled by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.


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