Albanian NOC President and Secretary General meet UNHCR representatives

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Fidel Ylli and Stavri Bello, the President and Secretary General of the Albanian Olympic Committee respectively, have met representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for Albania Pablo Zapata and Associate External Relations Officer Showvik Das Tamal. The meeting focused on the social integration of refugee children in Albania through sport, and how they can be involved in sports activities or other regional competitions. Although there is not a very high number of refugees in Albania, the need for social integration is important and sport is considered the best tool.

All the ideas and agreements will be formalised in a memorandum of cooperation between the NOC of Albania and the UNHCR, while hoping that in the future the talented young refugees in sport, through cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will be part of the refugee team at the Olympic Games.