Two Afghan athletes arrive from Kabul to Tokyo, International Paralympic Committee confirms

Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli left Afghanistan last weekend and invested a week training in Paris, prior to being carried to the Paralympic Town, according to the IPC declaration.

The news follows the Afghanistan Paralympic Committee stated both professional athletes would be not able to attend this summer season’s Games, due to the nation’s fall to the Taliban previously this month.

In a video message recently, Khudadadi attracted get away Kabul, and satisfy her imagine representing her nation at the Paralympics.

IPC President Andrew Parsons stated Khudadadi and Rasouli’s heartbreaking circumstance stimulated on numerous sporting, federal government and Paralympic groups to collaborate their withdrawal from Kabul, including: “Our number one priority has and always will be the health and well-being of both athletes.”

“Twelve days ago, we were informed that the Afghan Paralympic Team could not travel to Tokyo, a move that broke the hearts of all involved in the Paralympic Movement and left both athletes devastated. That announcement kickstarted a major global operation that led to their safe evacuation from Afghanistan, their recuperation by France, and now their safe arrival in Tokyo,” he stated in the declaration.

“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of several Governments, the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, Human Rights for All, the French Paralympic Committee, the British Paralympic Association, World Taekwondo, Zakia and Hossain are now in Tokyo to fulfill their dreams, sending out a strong message of hope to many others around the world.”

Parsons stated the IPC will work with Khudadadi, Rasouli and the group’s chief to guarantee they “receive all the care and support they need both during and after the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”

Khudadadi and Rasouli were both missing from the Tokyo Paralympics Opening Event on Tuesday night, where the Afghanistan flag was waved as a sign of “solidarity and peace.”

Nevertheless, both professional athletes will now get the opportunity to represent their nation at the Games next week.

Khudadadi will be Afghanistan’s very first female professional athlete to contend at the Paralympics considering that Athens in 2004, according to the Afghanistan Paralympic Committee. She is because of contend in the females’s K44 -49kg weight classification in taekwondo on Thursday, September 2.

Rasouli, who was initially arranged to take part in the males’s 100m T47 on Saturday, will now contend in the heats up of the males’s 400m T47 sports occasion on Friday, September 3.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.