IPC head to keep supporting Afghan athletes

The International Paralympic Committee president says he will keep supporting two athletes from Afghanistan.

The athletes arrived in Tokyo on Saturday. They had initially given up on participating in the Tokyo Paralympics when the Taliban seized power.

Hossain Rasouli is scheduled to compete in the men's long jump event. Zakia Khudadadi will participate in taekwondo. She's the first female Paralympian to represent Afghanistan.

IPC head Andrew Parsons talked exclusively with NHK on Monday. He said he will continue supporting the two Afghan athletes even after the Games.

He said, "We will be supportive, we will do everything we can do. But of course, there is a limit to our participation in that. But I know some governments are already expressing good intention for the future of these athletes."