Rasouli will get his likelihood to compete in Tokyo as he’s certainly one of two Afghan athletes to be safely evacuated from Afghanistan
It’s fairly the journey. Final week Hossain Rasouli was certainly one of 1000’s making an attempt to depart Afghanistan and immediately (Aug 31) he competed on the Tokyo Paralympics within the males’s T64 lengthy leap.
He completed final with a leap of 4.46m however this was one event the place the outcome simply merely didn’t matter.
The 26-year-old was truly registered for his favoured T47 100m however arrived too late to participate in Saturday’s heats so a compromise was sorted and after Rasouli rejected the concept of the 400m, he went for the lengthy leap wherein he had 90 minutes to organize on Tuesday evening.
American Roderick Townsend, who gained the silver medal with a leap of seven.43m, didn’t know Rasouli was competing till he noticed 13 names on the beginning record, as a substitute of 12.
“I noticed his identify on there. With every part happening proper now I couldn’t assist however to really feel pleasure for him,” stated Townsend.
“We get so caught up in our private lives and I’m right here complaining a few silver medal and [yet] we’ve anyone making their method the world over to have the ability to do one thing all of us like to do.
“That claims a lot about what the Paralympic Video games actually means and what it stands for.”
Final week Hossain Rasouli, who had his hand amputated after a mine explosion, was evacuated out of Kabul Airport 🇦🇫
As we speak, he competed on the Paralympics within the males’s T47 lengthy leap closing. pic.twitter.com/pF5iLVGhrU
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) August 31, 2021
Rasouli was certainly one of two athletes, alongside compatriot Zakia Khudadadi, who will compete on Thursday within the girls’s K44 taekwondo -49kg weight class, evacuated from Afghanistan.
After taking a top-secret flight from Paris to Tokyo, they have been welcomed within the Japanese capital by Worldwide Paralympic Committee (IPC) chief Andrew Parsons and IPC Athletes’ Council chair Chelsey Gotell, in addition to the Afghan group’s chef de mission Arian Sadiqi.
“Each athletes are right here in Tokyo to fulfil their goals, sending out a really sturdy message of hope to many others around the globe,” stated IPC spokesperson Craig Spence.
“As you’ll be able to think about, the assembly was extraordinarily emotional,” stated Spence. “There have been plenty of tears from everybody within the room. It actually was a outstanding assembly.”
The pair had skilled at a French sports activities ministry coaching centre after their evacuation from Kabul.
On the Paralympic opening ceremony, the Afghan flag was carried by a volunteer though not one of the athletes have been current.
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