Bach: Refugees to be honoured at Rio Olympics

IOC presdient Thomas Bach. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

ATHENS, Greece – IOC President Thomas Bach says the torch relay for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will include a stop at a refugee camp in Athens.

Bach has also promised to build sporting facilities on the island of Lesbos that has been hard hit by the migrant crisis.

Bach visited a refugee camp in Athens on Thursday and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as part of a stateless refugee team at the games in Rio.

Bach said the athletes will attend the opening ceremony, marching behind the Olympic flag before host team Brazil enters last.

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