Afghan Paralympians now in France

It has been revealed that two Afghans who competed in the Tokyo Paralympics are now staying in France. Their whereabouts had largely been unknown after they left Japan.

French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu made the announcement at a news conference on Friday.

The two are male long jumper Hossain Rasouli and female taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi.

They had initially given up hope of competing in Tokyo after the Taliban's power grab in Afghanistan deprived them of a safe way to travel.

They arrived in Japan via France in late August, days after the Paralympics had opened. They flew from Tokyo to Paris last Monday, but their movements since then were unknown.

Maracineanu said she will ask them about their future plans, including whether they intend to remain in France.

The minister said information about the two athletes should be handled carefully, citing the danger any media exposure could pose to them and their families.