Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes have been safely evacuated from the country. Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli were among thousands of people unable to leave the country after the Taliban seized power.
The Afghanistan Paralympic Team, represented by taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi and runner Hossain Rasouli, arrived in Tokyo on Saturday to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games. The pair were evacuated last weekend from Kabul to Paris, France.
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Craig Spence The IPC can confirm two Afghan athletes have arrived in Tokyo and will participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Upon arrival this evening they were welcomed by IPC President @parsonsandrew and Athletes’ Council Chairperson @ChelsGotell#Tokyo2020#Paralympics.
Michelle Ye Hee Lee Zakia Khudadadi & Hossain Rasouli have been resting and training in Paris since their evacuation. Khudadadi will compete in taekwondo on Sept. 2, which would make her Afghanistan’s first female athlete to compete in Paralympics since 2004 Athens. Hossain will compete Sept. 3.