The Afghan federation threatens riders, screams journalist over evacuation criticism

One month after the president of the Afghan Cycling Federation (ACF), his family and other staff members were successfully evacuated from the country following the Taliban’s takeover in August, the ACF continues to bully riders who have come out or are still hoping to escape. who continue to work to evacuate those still in the country, and journalists are investigating the UCI’s selection of the people they brought to safety last month.

In October, after weeks of tireless work and international negotiations, the UCI, along with IsraAid and Israel Start-Up Nation owner Sylvan Adams, got a flight of 125 vulnerable Afghans out and resettled. The UCI, whose election accounted for about half of the seats, included Fazli and his family, relying on the ACF president to prioritize which riders joined the flight.

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