IOC announces emergency $2mn fund to help refugees

A fund that has been established by the IOC will open the way for submissions for projects to assist refugees

IOC announces emergency $2mn fund to help refugees

World Bulletin / News Desk

 According to a report in RT the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced a two million dollar fund that will be open the way for National Olympic Committees for programs that will focus on refugees.

Announced on Thursday and according to the website, "We have all been touched by the terrible news and the heartbreaking stories in the past few days. With this terrible crisis unfolding across the Middle East, Africa and Europe, sport and the Olympic Movement wanted to play its part in bringing humanitarian help to the refugees. We made a quick decision that we needed to take action and to make this fund available immediately," said the IOC President Thomas Bach. 

"We have a long term relationship with the United Nations and with the UNHCR and we draw on their help and expertise. We know through experience that sport can ease the plight of refugees, many of them young people and children, be they in the Middle East, Africa, Europe or in other parts of the world. Our thoughts are with the many refugees risking their lives and the lives of their families to escape danger." 

NOCs and other interested parties will be asked to submit projects to the IOC for funding. The fund itself is made up of one million dollars from the IOC and a further one million from Olympic Solidarity.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Eylül 2015, 11:17