IOC member seeks US help to evacuate female athletes from Afghanistan following Taliban takeover

IOC member seeks US help to evacuate female athletes from Afghanistan following Taliban takeover
IOC member seeks US help to evacuate female athletes from Afghanistan following Taliban takeover

IOC member seeks US help to evacuate female athletes from Afghanistan following Taliban takeover: Afghanistan’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Samira Asghari has called on the United States to help evacuate the country’s top female athletes and coaching staff “before it is too late” following the Taliban takeover of her nation.

During their 1996-2001 rule, guided by Islamic law, the Taliban stopped women from working. Girls were not allowed to go to school and women had to wear burqas to go out, and then only when accompanied by a male relative.

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IOC member seeks US help to evacuate female athletes from Afghanistan following Taliban takeover

The Taliban have said they will respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law.

However, former basketball captain Asghari said she feared for the safety of female athletes.

IOC member seeks US help to evacuate female athletes from Afghanistan following Taliban takeover

“Afghanistan national female athletes, coaches and their entourage need your help, we must get them out of Talibans hands … Please do something before it is too late,” the 27-year-old tweeted on Wednesday, tagging the U.S. basketball federation, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

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