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FIFA evacuates 57 Afghan sportsmen and women

In Summary

  • After the withdrawal of U.S-led forces, many evacuations have followed
  • FIFA worked with Qatar government to aid the evacuations

FIFA has evacuated 57 refugees from Afghanistan, the second group barely a week after the first.

They comprised mostly of women and children.

The refugees, who are linked to the country’s women’s football and basketball leagues safely landed in Doha on October, 20 on a Qatar Airways charter flight.

Following the U.S-led foreign forces withdrawal by the government in August, there have been numerous evacuations since the Taliban took hold of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.

FIFA said it had worked with Qatar government to evacuate almost 100 football players and their families from Afghanistan.

FIFA’s Appeal

The evacuation exercise comes a week after another 100 sportmen and women were moved to Qatar by the football organisation.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressed gratitude to Qatar government, while calling on other states to join hands with them in the mission.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to both the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, for helping us with this humanitarian mission.

“I am also calling on all of our friends in governments and in the football community across the world to help us in obtaining residence permits and visas for the evacuees so that they can start a new life in safe and secure circumstances,” Infantino added.


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