“I saw the video message. By seeing what’s happening in Afghanistan and this is shattering the dreams of one of our athletes, it is really sad and it really breaks my heart,” Parsons said.
Parsons added that the committee would work with the Afghan team to support her pursuing her dream again, including possibly competing at the Games in Paris in 2024.
But now is “too soon” to discuss plans, Egli ha detto.
“It’s something that goes way, way, way, way bigger than sports. And we are first concerned in Afghanistan as a nation and with the human beings, especially the female of that nation. I think first, the nation needs to define its own destiny.”
Like the Olympics that ended earlier this month, the Tokyo Paralympics will take place generally without spectators, organizers have said, as Japan has extended COVID-19 emergency measures in the capital and other regions that will run through the Games.
The host city Tokyo announced 4,377 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, after a record 5,773 di venerdì.