Afghan athlete fulfills dream in Tokyo

NHK -- Sep 02
An athlete who was caught in Afghanistan's chaos is living out her dream in Tokyo. She's become only the second woman from her country to compete in the Paralympics.

Zakia Khudadadi took part in the women's 49-kilogram taekwondo event on Thursday, continuing an inspiring story of resilience for Afghanistan.

Khudadadi and long jumper Hossain Rasouli were both prevented from getting to Tokyo safely after the Taliban seized power.

In a video message last month, Khudadadi made a plea for help to be able to leave. And in a sudden turn, the pair were able to evacuate and compete in the games.

In the first round match on Thursday morning, Khudadadi faced a competitor from Uzbekistan.

She scored a powerful point early, but could not hold her lead and eventually lost. Khudadadi will get another chance to compete on Thursday evening.