Melbourne: Seven women taekwondo players from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan have settled in Melbourne, Australia. Australian Taekwondo Association Chief Executive Heather Gariok has informed about the same. Garyok said on Wednesday that these women players have completed the quarantine time. The identity of most of these players has not been made public. No female Taekwondo player from Afghanistan participated in the Tokyo Olympics.
Garyok said former Australian national football team captain Craig Foster worked jointly with the Australian government, Australian Taekwondo and Ossenia Taekwondo in pulling these players out of Afghanistan. "We are really happy that these women players are safe and grateful to the Australian government and Oceania Taekwondo for helping them get out of Afghanistan," he said.
Fatima Ahmadi, one of these players, thanked all those who helped get out of Afghanistan and said, "I feel very good to be in Australia. We are safe here without any danger. Afghanistan's women's football team players are among dozens of players who were granted visas to stay in Australia.''