Afghan crew arrives in Tokyo to compete at Paralympic Video games   |  Photo Credit score: AP
The Afghanistan Paralympic Group, represented by Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli, arrived within the Japanese capital on Saturday and are able to compete on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Video games. With international assist from a number of people, organisations and governments, the pair have been evacuated final weekend from Kabul to Paris, France.
This week the athletes have been resting and coaching in Paris on the Nationwide Institute of Sports activities Experience and Efficiency (INSEP), the French sports activities ministry high-performance coaching centre. With a need from each athletes to compete at Tokyo 2020, the pair arrived within the Japanese capital on Saturday. According to the principles of the Playbooks, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli returned two unfavorable PCR exams for COVID-19 within the 96 hours and 72 hours earlier than departure and have been examined as soon as once more upon arrival at Haneda Airport.
They have been warmly welcomed to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Village by IPC President Andrew Parsons and IPC Athletes’ Council Chairperson Chelsey Gotell. “Twelve days in the past we have been knowledgeable that the Afghan Paralympic Group couldn’t journey to Tokyo, a transfer that broke the hearts of all concerned within the Paralympic Motion and left each athletes devastated. That announcement kickstarted a significant international operation that led to their protected evacuation from Afghanistan, their recuperation in France, and now their protected arrival in Tokyo,” mentioned IPC President Andrew Parsons, as per Olympics.com.
“We all the time knew there was a distant likelihood each athletes may take part at Tokyo 2020 which is why the Afghan flag was paraded at Tuesday’s Opening Ceremony. Like all of the athletes right here at Tokyo 2020, we by no means gave up hope and to now have Zakia and Hossain within the Paralympic Village alongside 4,403 different Paralympians exhibits the exceptional energy of sport to convey folks collectively in peace.” Zakia will likely be Afghanistan’s first feminine athlete to compete on the Paralympic Video games since Athens 2004 when she competes within the ladies’s K44 -49kg weight class in taekwondo on September 2. Hossain, who was initially as a consequence of take part within the males’s 100m T47 on Saturday will now line up within the heats of the lads’s 400m T47 athletics occasion on September 3.