Folks stroll by the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics brand at a metro station in Tokyo, Japan August 29, 2021. REUTERS/Androniki Christodoulou
August 29, 2021
By Chris Gallagher
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Worldwide Paralympic Committee (IPC) stated on Sunday that the well-being and psychological well being of two newly arrived Afghan athletes are its high precedence, and the pair is not going to be chatting with media throughout the Paralympic Video games.
Zakai Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli arrived in Tokyo on Saturday to compete within the 2020 Paralympics after Khudadadi made a video attraction for assist to go away Kabul after the Taliban swept to energy.
The 2 athletes met IPC President Andrew Parsons and different officers on arrival on the village, the IPC’s chief communications officer, Craig Spence, advised a information convention.
“The assembly was extraordinarily emotional, there have been numerous tears from everybody within the room. It was exceptional, it actually was a exceptional assembly,” Spence stated.
Khudadadi and Rasouli had expressed a want to not communicate to media and this might be revered.
“That is about these athletes fulfilling their dream of having the ability to attend the Paralympic Video games,” Spence stated.
“And since human life is crucial factor, and the well-being and psychological well being of the athletes is our high precedence, the athletes will probably be doing no media throughout these Video games.”
Khudadadi, a Taekwondo athlete, and observe athlete Rasouli had been evacuated from the Afghan capital every week in the past and landed in Tokyo on a flight from Paris.
The pair had been because of arrive in Tokyo on Aug. 17, however had been unable to go away Afghanistan after hundreds of individuals rushed to Kabul’s airport in a bid to flee the nation.
Paralympic officers had stated initially the Afghan athletes can be unable to attend the Video games, which began on Aug. 24, and promised to assist them take part within the subsequent Video games in 2024 in Paris.
Individually, the World Taekwondo affiliation praised the efforts of the IPC and different events concerned to make sure the 2 athletes may participate within the Video games.
“Zakia and Hossain’s willpower to beat adversity is an inspiration to all of us,” World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue stated in an announcement.
(Reporting by Chris Gallagher in Tokyo, extra reporting by Junko Fujita, modifying by Richard Pullin)