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Source: DOSB The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has made it possible for the Iranian canoeist Saeid Fazloula to participate in the IOC’s refugee team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In the weeks of struggle over the Iranian Saeid Fazloula’s possibility to join the refugee team at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the decision has now been made. The International Canoe Federation (ICF) followed Thomas Konietzko’s recommendation (ICF Vice President and DKV President) to give Fazloula the opportunity to start in Tokyo in the IOC Refugee Team. The decision in the Saeid Fazloula case was made in the interests of sport and its integrative power, reports the DKV. The DOSB also supports the decision to start Fazloula in Tokyo: “In recent weeks, behind the scenes, I have been promoting my position and that of the German federation so that the rules for starting an athlete for the IOC Refugee Team should be interpreted differently must, as the one for a change of nation, “said Thomas Konietzko of the ARD:” Ultimately, a majority of the board followed me and the ICF decided that the world association would propose to the IOC that Saeid be accepted into the IOC refugee team. All nations will now be written to and asked whether there may be refugees in other countries who are eligible for a start in the Refugee Team and if this is the case, they will request a corresponding proof of performance. ”The background to the discussions was, among other things, the The fact that the ICF does not reflect the refugee problem in its regulations for athletes who change their nation and want to start at the Olympic Games for their new home country. But after the pressure from the DKV on the International Canoe Federation increased immensely, the right to start and the interpretation of the rules were again assessed and discussed in the ICF board. A majority then agreed with the interpretation of the DKV. As a result, the ICF will recommend the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to accept Fazloula into the international refugee team. In a second step, refugees are no longer to be treated like “nation changers” who require the release of the releasing country. The ICF wants to treat them exactly like refugees, consider their athletic suitability for the refugee team in the IOC and issue a recommendation as a result. A corresponding clarification of the wording in the set of rules will be put to the vote at the upcoming ICF congress. In 2015, Saeid Fazloula fled to Germany via the Balkan route and got a new sporting home with the Rhine brothers Karlsruhe. After applying for and receiving the national starting right, the native Iranian was able to qualify for the German national team in 2018 and made his debut at the European Championships in Belgrade in the Canoe Racing Team Germany. This was possible at this point in time, as ECA and ICF events have different rules than the Olympic Games (source: DKV)


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