IFSC CELEBRATES WORLD REFUGEE DAY
Today, June 20, the International Federation of Sport Climbing and the whole Olympic Movement celebrates World Refugee Day, a day established by the United Nations to raise awareness oaround the situation of refugees throughout the world.
The number of people forced to flee their homes have increased to staggering numbers, reaching 79.5 million people - one percent of the world’s population - according to the UNHCR’s Global Trends report released yesterday. In this uncertain time we are all living, it is important that we do not forget the struggles faced by refugees and their resilience in trying to build a better future.
Given the extraordinary circumstances that many countries are still dealing with, in 2020 the International Olympic Committee is supporting the UNHCR campaign, named ‘Everyone can make a difference, Every Action Counts in our global fight against COVID-19’, as well as profiling the Refugee Athlete Scholarship Holders for Tokyo 2020. Refugee athletes inspire the world and send a powerful message of hope, while highlighting the importance sport has played in their lives, helping them to overcome challenges and deal with uncertainty and anxiety - something that is very relevant in today’s world. Since 1 June, their stories have been shared as part of the #StayStrong campaign in the lead up to World Refugee Day and ultimately to Olympic Day on 23 June.
Among the many athletes that played a part in this crucial process, is United States' climber Kyra Condie, who starred in an episode of the Olympic Channel original series Inspired by Sport, where she traveled with a group of refugee women to Salt Lake City and taught them hoe to ascend the stunnnig red sandstone of Zion National Park.