For the record, the Afghan athlete Hossain Rasouli was able to line up in the final at the Paralympic Games

The first of the two Afghan Paralympic athletes made his debut this Tuesday, August 31 at the Tokyo Games in the long jump, three days after their surprise arrival from Paris, following their evacuation from Kabul.

Blocked like tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan by the Taliban takeover, then exfiltrated but announced as absent from the Paralympic Games, Hossain Rasouli finally participated in the first test of the Afghan delegation in Tokyo on Tuesday.

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Failing to have been able to arrive in time to participate in his favorite discipline, the 100 meters, the athlete, whose left hand was amputated following a mine explosion, took part in the long jump (category T47).

As he entered the National Stadium, Hossain Rasouli greeted the members of the delegation scattered in the empty stands before pointing to the logo of the Afghan Paralympic Committee on his white jacket.

First long jump “in a major competition”

He placed 13th and last place on the specially widened field, after three jumps at 4.37m, 4.21m and 4.46m.

100 meters specialist, Hossain Rasouli had to participate in the long jump.

Exempt from a mixed zone, he did not speak to the media after the event won by Cuban Robiel Yankiel Sol Cervantes with a jump of 7.46 m. But International Paralympic Committee spokesperson Craig Spence assured the athlete was “Super impatient” when he spoke to her the day before. “He had done the long jump before, but it was his first time in a major competition”, Spence said.

American Roderick Townsend, second, appreciated the symbol: “We’re so caught up in our personal lives, and I’m here complaining about a silver medal as someone has strived to cross the world so that they can do what we all love. “

“It says a lot about the Paralympic Games, what they mean and what they stand for”, he added.

The other Afghan representative, Zakia Khudadadi, is due to make her first appearance Thursday in taekwondo, in the under 49 kg (category K44).

The two athletes were welcomed at Insep

The two athletes arrived in Japan on Saturday after leaving Afghanistan a week earlier as part of a “Major global operation”. They spent this period in Paris, training at Insep, the center of excellence for French sport.

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In their absence during the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games, the Afghan flag paraded symbolically, carried by a Japanese volunteer.

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