Afghan athlete pleads to go to Paralympics

The Afghanistan Paralympic Committee (APC) said on Monday the country's two para-athletes would not be at the Games starting in Tokyo on August 24 due to turmoil following the Taliban's takeover.

Taliban insurgents have overrun major cities and now control most of Afghanistan.

Para-taekwondo athlete Khodadadi said in a video message from Kabul sent to Reuters by the APC's London-based Chef de Mission Arian Sadiqi that she felt "imprisoned", staying with extended family but unable to leave the house with confidence to train, shop or check on others.

"My intention is to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, please hold my hand and help me."

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