Afghan flag on present at Paralympics opening

2021-08-23 16:45:27

Afghanistan’s flag might be current on the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics in “an indication of solidarity” after the nation’s athletes are unable to compete in Japan.

Business flights out and in of Afghanistan have been suspended because the Taliban group gained management of the nation final week.

Consequently, Afghan athletes cannot make it to Tokyo however Worldwide Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons stated Monday their flag might be there at Tuesday’s opening ceremony.

“We are going to embody the Afghanistan flag within the ceremony in an indication of solidarity and now we have invited the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees consultant right here to behave because the flagbearer,” Parsons stated.

“We want to have them right here, sadly it’s not doable, however they are going to be right here in spirit.”

The portal stated that two Afghan athletes had certified for the Paralympics which run till September 5.

One Afghan will nonetheless be competing, Abbas Karimi, who fled the nation a number of years in the past and is a part of the refugee group on the Paralympics.

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