(Reuters) – World cycling governing body UCI said it had helped evacuate 165 refugees from Afghanistan, including cyclists, journalists and human rights activists whose lives were threatened. they stayed in the country.
The UCI said it was part of an operation that also included the owner of the Israel Start-Up Nation cycling team, Sylvan Adams, an NGO called IsraAID, various governments, the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and the world’s football governing body, FIFA.
The refugees, who arrived in Europe via Albania, will be resettled in several countries, 38 being hosted by the Swiss government while others will head to Canada, France, Israel and the United States.
“It is very important for the UCI to make a commitment to the members of the cycling family who are suffering due to the current situation in Afghanistan,” said UCI President David Lappartient in a press release https: // www.uci.org/pressrelease / the-uci-supports-afghan-cycling-community-and-helps-with-the-evacuation-of / 7fgcTYmMdGyNZ51duXZw0H Monday.
“I am delighted that our efforts in this area provide opportunities for those affected in decent living conditions.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the governments of Switzerland, France, Canada, Albania, the United Arab Emirates and Israel, as well as to the other countries who worked on this project.
The UCI added that the Swiss would be allowed to use their training facilities at the World Cycling Center located in the Swiss town of Aigle.
Australia has evacuated over 50 https://www.reuters.com/world/australia-evacuates-more-than-50-female-afghan-athletes-dependents-abc-2021-08-24 Afghan women athletes and their dependents after being pressured by sports figures while several players of the Afghan national women’s football team were granted asylum in Portugal https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/ afghan-girls-soccer-squad-find-new- maison-ronaldos-portugal-2021-09-30.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Pritha Sarkar)