Aug 16, 2021 - World
Afghanistan Paralympic team cancels plans to compete in Tokyo
Why it matters: Zakia Khudadadi would have been the first woman to represent Afghanistan at a Paralympic Games, which begin Aug. 24, per Reuters.
- Afghanistan was banned at the 2000 Paralympic games due to the Taliban's treatment of women.
- "Due to the serious ongoing situation in the country, all airports are closed and there is no way for them to travel to Tokyo," the International Paralympic Committee's press office told NPR. "We hope the team and officials remain safe and well during this difficult time."
Go deeper: Axios' full Afghanistan coverage