The UCI has announced it has been involved in an operation to rescue 165 refugees from Afghanistan.
We've previously spoken to MTB Afghanistan about its evacuation program with Outride
however in a separate effort, the UCI partnered with Sylvan Adams, owner of the UCI WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation, the NGO IsraAID, various governments, the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and FIFA to evacuate Afghan citizens, including female cyclists and members of cycling management, artists, a judge, a number of journalists and human rights campaigners.
The refugees have been able to reach Europe via Tirana in Albania. From there they will be resettled with 38 going to Switzerland and the remainder to Canada, France, Israel and the USA.
The 38 people who have arrived in Switzerland, where the UCI is based, have been welcomed by government authorities under humanitarian visas. In the near future, it is hoped that they will be able to join the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC), the UCI's training and coaching centre located in Aigle in Switzerland, which also has accommodation facilities usually given over to the centre’s trainees.
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