IOC President Thomas Bach lent his support to Badreddin Wais ©IOC

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach lent his support to a member of the Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) during the Swiss national cycling time trials in Lausanne.

Bach met Badreddin Wais, among the 29 athletes set to compete on the EOR team at the delayed Olympic Games in Tokyo, at the event.

The EOR team, which features athletes from 13 National Olympic Committees and spans 12 sports, was announced by the IOC earlier this month.

"This is why I’m here," Bach said.

"To give you the last push for the Games before you meet up with all your team mates in Doha."

Wais was born in Syria but fled the war-torn country in 2014, eventually gaining refugee status in Switzerland.

He was among the athletes who were considered for the first Refugee Olympic Team at Rio 2016 but was not selected for the squad.

Wais thanked Bach for attending the event to support him.

Badreddin Wais gained refugee status in Switzerland after fleeing Syria ©Getty Images
Badreddin Wais gained refugee status in Switzerland after fleeing Syria ©Getty Images

"Today’s race was good preparation for the Games," he said.

"That you are here pushing me for Tokyo meant a lot to me."

Wais and Bach are due to meet again at Tokyo 2020, set to open on July 23.

Members of the EOR squad are scheduled to gather for the first time as a team at the Aspire Academy in Doha on July 12 and 13, before they fly to Tokyo the following day.

Waseda University will host the team for a pre-Games training camp prior to the competitors moving into the Athletes' Village.

During the Opening Ceremony, the EOR Team will march with the Olympic flag in second position, immediately after Greece.

For all official representations of the team, including possible medal ceremonies, the Olympic flag will be raised, and the Olympic anthem played.

The Team’s Chef de Mission will be former world marathon record holder Tegla Loroupe, a position the Kenyan also fulfilled at Rio 2016.

Today marks World Refugee Day, organised every year on June 20 by the United Nations to celebrate refugees and displaced people across the world.