After nearly having their Paralympic dreams derailed by the turmoil in their homeland, Afghan athletes Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli are in Japan and will compete at the Tokyo Games after being evacuated from Afghanistan in an undertaking that involved multiple governments and global organizations.

The pair were evacuated from Kabul to Paris last week and received support there. They boarded a flight to Japan on Friday, arrived at Haneda airport Saturday night and had what was described as an “emotional” meeting with International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons at the Paralympic Village.

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