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Still 700 members of the Afghan Olympic community at risk

2021-10-26T21:37:46.074Z

More than 700 members of the Afghan Olympic community are still in danger, the IOC announced on Tuesday, calling on the international community to ...



More than 700 members of the Afghan Olympic community are still in danger, the IOC announced on Tuesday, calling on the international community to mobilize.

In a statement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it has so far

"sheltered, with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), various NGOs and organizations sports, more than 300 members of the Afghan Olympic community ”.

"However, there are still more than 700 people at risk in the country, mainly women and girls playing sports, as well as female sports advocates

," he added.

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Immediately after the return to power of the Taliban, the IOC had worked with national committees and international federations to exfiltrate in particular

"women and young girls".

On September 8, the Olympic body announced that the Afghan participants in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo were

"out of the country", as

well as two athletes aiming for a qualification for the Beijing Winter Olympics, and

"a significant number of members. of the Olympic community ”

by integrating families and officials.

"Assistance operations are continuing, with a good number of National Olympic Committees, assisted by their government, providing valuable support in this area,"

the IOC said on Tuesday, citing in particular Qatar, Pakistan, Iran, Canada. , Australia, Poland, United Kingdom, United States, Argentina, Switzerland and Germany. The IOC added that it was doing everything possible to evacuate members of the Afghan Olympic community still in Afghanistan to safe countries. At the same time, he decided to create a humanitarian fund to support many of the people who had to stay in Afghanistan and who are suffering the full brunt of the humanitarian crisis affecting the country.

During the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees organized this week in Crete, the IOC called on all national committees to get in touch with their government in order to obtain more humanitarian visas, in order to allow evacuations. Afghans.

In response to this call, the IOC immediately received

"several commitments which will make it possible to intensify the efforts made to come to the aid of some 700 people who are still in Afghanistan".

Source: lefigaro

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