Paralympics: Two Afghan Paralympic athletes have arrived in Tokyo.© AFP
According to the International Paralympic Committee, two Afghan Paralympic athletes will arrive in Tokyo and compete in the competition. “Afghan athletes Zakia Kudadadhi and Hossain Rasoul have been warmly welcomed to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Village,” the IPC said in a statement. The rapid fall of Afghanistan into the Taliban left the pair trapped in tens of thousands and unable to leave the country. However, they evacuated last weekend and were at the training center of the French Ministry of Sport in Paris, the IPC said.
“For the past 12 days, Zakia and Hossein have continued to express their absolute desire to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics,” said IPC Chief Andrew Parsons.
Earlier this week, the IPC said Kudadadi and Rasuri had successfully left Afghanistan but would not compete in the tournament due to their focus on well-being.
At the opening ceremony on Tuesday, the Afghan flag was symbolically drawn and carried by volunteers.
“I always knew that the Afghan flag was paraded at the opening ceremony on Tuesday with little chance of both players being able to participate in Tokyo 2020,” Parsons said.
“Our top priority is the health and well-being of both athletes,” he added.
Kudadadi will be competing in the women’s Taekwondo K44-49kg category scheduled for September 2nd.
According to the IPC, Rasuri will be competing in the men’s 400m T47 athletics event on September 3rd.
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