Disability Japan Paralympics Podcast Tokyo 2020

Disability News Japan Podcast Episode 78: ‘Overseas’ Person involved with Tokyo Paralympics with COVID hospitalized & Afghan Paralympians evacuated and safe, IPC says

Person involved with the Tokyo Paralympics hospitalized with COVID-19 and Afghan Paralympians evacuated are safe, IPC says

August 28 2021

By Barrier Free Japan

TOKYO – An ‘Overseas’ person involved in the Tokyo Paralympics has been hospitalized with COVID-19, the games organizing committee said Thursday, the first of such case linked to the event.

In confirming the hospitalization, organizers were keen to reiterate that the largest sporting event for athletes with disabilities is being held safely.

A person from overseas linked with the Paralympics, but not an athlete, has been hospitalized after testing positive on Monday for the coronavirus. The patient is not displaying severe symptoms, committee spokesman Masanori Takaya said:

Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes have been safely evacuated from the country, the International Paralympic Committee said Wednesday, declining to specify their destination.

The two taekwondo athletes, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli, were originally due to represent their country at the Tokyo Paralympics.

But with the swift fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, the pair were among the tens of thousands trapped and unable to leave the country.

Before the Games began, the IPC confirmed that the athletes would no longer be able to compete, and the Afghan flag featured at Tuesday’s opening ceremony in a symbolic fashion only, carried by a volunteer.

“Efforts have been made to remove them from Afghanistan, they are now in a safe place,” IPC spokesman Craig Spence said Wednesday.

“I’m not going to tell you where they are because this isn’t about sport, this is about human life and keeping people safe.”

Spence said the pair would not be competing at the Games, and their focus at the moment was on their well-being.

“Obviously they’ve been through a very traumatic process, they’re undergoing counseling and psychological help,” he told reporters.

“We are being kept in the loop about their whereabouts and their well-being”:

0 comments on “Disability News Japan Podcast Episode 78: ‘Overseas’ Person involved with Tokyo Paralympics with COVID hospitalized & Afghan Paralympians evacuated and safe, IPC says

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: