September 4, 2015 5:41 am
Updated: September 4, 2015 5:46 am

IOC sets up $2 million fund for Olympic bodies to assist refugees

Migrants protest outside a train that they are refusing to leave for fear of being taken to a refugee camp from the train that has been held at Bicske station since yesterday on September 4, 2015 in Bicske, near Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The International Olympic Committee is setting up a $2 million fund to assist refugees.

IOC President Thomas Bach says “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.”

The IOC has a long-term relationship with the United Nations and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Bach says “we know through experience that sport can ease the plight of refugees, many of them young people and children.”

National Olympic committees and other interested parties will be asked to submit projects to the IOC for funding.

The fund is made up of $1 million from the IOC and another $1 million from its Olympic Solidarity program.

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