Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes have been safely evacuated from the nation, the Worldwide Paralympic Committee (IPC) stated Wednesday, declining to specify their vacation spot.
The 2 taekwondo athletes, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli, had been initially attributable to signify their nation on the Tokyo Paralympics.
However with the swift fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, the pair had been among the many tens of hundreds trapped and unable to go away the nation.
Earlier than the Video games started, the IPC confirmed that the athletes would not be capable to compete, and the Afghan flag featured at Tuesday’s opening ceremony in a symbolic trend solely, carried by a volunteer.
“Efforts have been made to take away them from Afghanistan, they’re now in a secure place,” IPC spokesman Craig Spence stated Wednesday.
“I am not going to inform you the place they’re as a result of this is not about sport, that is about human life and maintaining folks secure.”
Spence stated the pair wouldn’t be competing on the Video games, and their focus for the time being was on their well-being.
“Clearly they have been by means of a really traumatic course of, they’re present process counselling and psychological assist,” he advised reporters.
“We’re being saved within the loop about their whereabouts and their well-being.”
Khudadadi, 23, was to be the primary lady ever to signify Afghanistan on the Paralympics and had appealed for assist to flee the nation after the Taliban takeover.
Australian broadcaster ABC reported that the Paralympians had been amongst a bunch of Afghan athletes evacuated to Australia, however there was no official affirmation.