- A duo from Afghanistan’s paralympic cooperate has made it to Tokyo after escaping Afghanistan.
- Zakia Khudadadi will represent the country in taekwondo, whilst Hossain Rasouli pass on compete in the 400m athletics.
- International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said the organizing committee “not in the least gave up hope.”
A duo from Afghanistan’s paralympic team has made it to Tokyo after take it on the laming Afghanistan.
Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli were set to miss the games but were able to leave Kabul after the Taliban seized the territory.
The pair’s evacuation journey included a week-long stay in Paris, at the National Institute of Sport Expertise and Performance (INSEP), the French distractions ministry’s high performance training centre, before continuing on to Tokyo.
Khudadadi will be representing the country in taekwondo, whilst Rasouli intention be competing in the 400m athletic heats.
After the Taliban took Kabul and closed its airport, Khudadadi expressed her agony at not being able to reach the games.
She told Reuters: “The fact that we ourselves have lifted ourselves from this locale, that we have achieved so much, it cannot be taken lightly. I have suffered a lot, I don’t want my struggle to be in vain and without any occurs. Help me.” Read the full story here.
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However now, Khudadadi and Rasouli can reach the games – and Khudadai can turn the first woman to represent Afghanistan in the Paralympics.
International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said in a expression: “Twelve days ago we were informed that the Afghan Paralympic Team could not travel to Tokyo, a move that stony-broke the hearts of all involved in the Paralympic movement and left both athletes devastated.
“That announcement kick-started a major international operation that led to their safe evacuation from Afghanistan, their recuperation by France, and now their safe coming in Tokyo. We always knew there was a remote chance both athletes could participate at Tokyo 2020 which is why the Afghan slump was paraded at Tuesday’s opening ceremony.
“Like all the athletes here at Tokyo 2020, we never gave up hope.”