Afghan Paralympic athletes evacuated to Japan issue Australian humanitarian visas


Two Afghan Paralympic athletes, Zakia Kudadadi and Hossain Rasoul, will resettle in Australia after arriving in Tokyo on Saturday for the 2020 Paralympics.

Former Socceroo and human rights activist Craig Foster Confirmed by Nine Network On August 29, Australia granted these two athletes humanitarian visas.

Details about where they settle are not yet known, but Foster is on Twitter with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, Sports Minister Richard Colbeck, and a former winter Olympic athlete. Thanks to the people involved, including the independent MP Zari Stegggal. Their efforts.

Taekwondo athlete Zakia Kudadadhi and truck athlete Hossain Rasoul were scheduled to arrive in Japan on August 17, but were trapped in Afghanistan in the turmoil caused by the Taliban’s return, with thousands. People tried to escape to the capital airport.

After that, Kuda Daddy Video appeal Seek public support.

“I am an Afghan woman and I ask you to help me on behalf of Afghan women,” the female athlete said in a video.

“The announcement has launched major global activities leading to safe evacuation from Afghanistan,” said Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). statement..

The duo arrived at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Village on Saturday night (August 28) by plane from Paris.

“Thanks to the outstanding efforts of some governments, the Sports and Human Rights Center, All Human Rights, the French Paralympic Committee, the British Paralympic Association, World Taekwondo, Zakia and Hossein are now to make their dreams come true. I’m in Tokyo. A message of strong hope to many other people around the world, “Parsons said.

“Both athletes are very clear that they want to compete in the biggest stage, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, after years of training. Too many to make this possible. The fact that the authorities have joined is really great. “

As the first female athlete to participate in the Paralympics in Afghanistan since Athens in 2004, Kudadadi will be competing in the women’s K44-49kg weight category in Taekwondo on September 2.

Hossein, who was originally scheduled to compete in the Men’s 100m T47 on August 28th, will line up in the heat of the Men’s 400m T47 event on September 3rd.

Human Rights for All lawyer Alison Battisson, who was involved in the evacuation of athletes from Afghanistan, said Told SBS Athletes boarded an evacuation flight thanks to the families of members of the Afghan Paralympic Committee.

At the opening ceremony on August 24, the flag of Afghanistan was paraded as a message of solidarity and peace.

“I strongly believe that through the Paralympic movement and the Paralympics, we can convey a positive message that peaceful coexistence is best for humanity,” Afghan official director Arian Sadiki said in a statement.

“We should keep peace and cherish because fights and negative emotions only destroy humanity.”

Epoch Times Sydney Staff