Afghan Football: 75 Afghan female soccer players left Kabul on Tuesday with their relatives after being under threat from the Taliban. They are due to arrive in Australia after it became the first country to offer refuge to the athletes after pleas from athlete advocates and human-rights lawyers.
A lot of athletes are still stranded in Afghanistan but evacuation efforts are being continued to help the people in distress. Many countries including the United States have stepped up their efforts and are working around the clock to help out.
Speaking about an extraction operation, Carter went on to praise the work of the military coalition of countries. She goes on to share how the forces from Canada, Australia, Britain, the United States, and Sweden came out to help athletes reach the airports calling “It’s nothing short of a miracle.”
Afghan Football: According to Fifpro, the plane that left for Australia has 77 Afghan evacuees. There has been no official confirmation on the exact number of Afghanistan footballs’ female players on the flight that left Kabul.
However, it is believed that athletes account for more than half of the abovementioned number. They are joined by sports officials and their relatives in fleeing away from Afghanistan due to he the threat on their life.
Former captain of Afghanistan football’s national women’s team, Khalida Popal has been to be the driving force behind the players’ extraction. The 34-year-old is said to be the one who urged international governments to protect the female athletes also approached sports governing bodies seeking their help for the players’ safety.