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Sport and refugees weekly: 7 November 2021

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Sport and refugees weekly: 7 November 2021

Want to know what's happening in the world of sport and refugees? Here are the top headlines for the week ending on 7 November 2021.

The importance of building solidarity (sportanddev)

Sport can be a powerful space where different women can build a common ground of solidarity. For displaced girls and women, there are additional considerations to undertake if sport is to be the medium through which they are integrated, empowered, and included. In this article, we use the specific lens of transnational feminism to offer ways in which sport can be used for the integration of displaced women and girls, discussing some extant programmes that demonstrate the positive impact of sport, and finally making recommendations.

Sports-related voluntary group in deprived area is hailed as a ‘beacon of hope’ (The Independent)

A project which uses sport to engage with young men in one of the most deprived wards in Sheffield is considered a beacon of hope by its members. It has provided many refugee background youth with a chance to play sport and develop their skills to manage their physical and mental health, and enhance their career prospects. The Sport for Development Coalition wants more funding to be extended for such interventions.

Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation Board meets at WBSC headquarters (Inside the Games)

The board discussed a number of key issues in its latest meeting with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). Angelo Cito, President of the Italian Taekwondo Federation, was selected as a new Board member and has committed to strengthen the support provided to refugees around the world. The Board also discussed the foundation’s partnership with the Olympic Refuge Foundation and the launch of a new refugee project in Paris early next year.

Volunteer soccer coach creates youth team for his community (Dakota News Now)

Moses Idris is an Ethiopian refugee. He graduated from Sioux Falls University, and is the founder and head coach of the South Dakota Stars soccer team. He created the team while he was at USF. By day, he is a community outreach worker, continuing his efforts to reach out to refugee and immigrant communities.

Zimbabwe Olympic Committee uses ANOC fund for Tongogara Refugee Camp support initiative (ANOC Olympic)

On 25 September, the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee held the Tongogara Refugee Camp support initiative, focusing on safe and inclusive sport and Olympism. Through funds received from ANOC and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) sports equipment including table tennis sets, soccer nets, volleyball nets and volleyballs, tennis shoes and a teqball table were donated to the camp.

Clèlia Compas and the integration of refugees through the peaks (La Croix)

Clèlia Compas, a PhD candidate in migration studies, took three young refugees to the summit of Mont Blanc. A year and a half ago, the 28-year-old created Yambi, an association that support the integration of refugees by offering them the opportunity to practice mountain sports. "Some people may wonder about the relationship between the two, but for me it's obvious: it's a long and difficult effort, which does not work without solidarity" she explains. "In mountaineering, you can't break a rope: you walk in unison, and if one member doesn't feel well, you turn around with them!" The result is a fusion of two ideas that have always guided her: her passion for the mountains and a deep desire to help displaced populations.

WCB and Wicketz collaborate with the Red Cross, delivering cricket to young asylum seekers and refugees in Birmingham (Warwickshire Cricket Board)

The ‘Surviving to Thriving’ initiative, a collaboration between Lords Traverners’ Wicketz programme, the Warwickshire Cricket Board and the Red Cross, runs in Birmingham to support young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees who have recently arrived in the UK with various issues they may have, all through the sport of cricket. Part of the work is casework, and the other aspect is about supporting the group socially and emotionally.

Volleyball is helping this Syrian refugee deal with the trauma of war (Middle East Monitor)

Ibrahim Idan’s life changed overnight when he was wounded in an Assad regime bomb attack in 2015 and was forced to flee Syria, his home. He lost one leg in the attack. After arriving in Gaziantep in south-eastern Turkey, he started playing sitting volleyball, upon the advice of a friend. He learnt the game quickly, and is now part of the National Sitting Volleyball Team, preparing for the 2023 European Sitting Volleyball Championships in Turkey.


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


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