Afghanistan Out of Paralympics as Taliban Seizes Control


Afghanistan will no longer participate at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics after Taliban took over power.

Before the development, Afghanistan was expected to be represented by two taekwondo players at the Paralympics.

“Regrettably NPC Afghanistan will no longer participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games,” an International Paralympic Committee spokesperson said.

“Due to the serious ongoing situation in the country, all airports are closed and there is no way for them to travel to Tokyo.

“We hope the team and officials remain safe and well during this difficult time.”

“It was a dream for NPC Afghanistan to attend the Tokyo 2020 but with these unfortunate circumstances it’s close to impossible”, Afghanistan Paralympic Committee’s London-based Chef de Mission Arian Sadiqi said on Twitter.

The country has not missed a Paralympics since 2000 in Sydney while under Taliban rule.

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