By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Following the ongoing Taliban crisis in Afghanistan, two Paralympians, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli who were meant to compete in Tokyo were successfully evacuated to France ahead of the competition in a major global operation.
“Zakia and Hossain have continued to express their absolute desire to come and compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games,” the committee’s chief Andrew Parsons said in a statement.
He also added that they “are now in Tokyo to fulfil their dreams, sending out a strong message of hope to many others around the world.”
The Tokyo Paralympics will be taking place under strict Covid-19 rules and largely behind closed doors, after a year’s delay because of the pandemic.