UCI helps rescue 165 Afghan refugees
We have already spoken to MTB Afghanistan about its evacuation program with Outride, but in a separate effort the UCI worked with Sylvan Adams, owner of the UCI WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation, the non-governmental organization IsraelAID, several governments and the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and FIFA have decided to evacuate Afghan nationals, including cyclists, members of the cycling department, artists, a judge, several journalists and human rights defenders.
The refugees were able to reach Europe via Tirana, in Albania. From there they were resettled, 38 of them went to Switzerland and the rest to Canada, France, Israel and the United States.
The 38 people who arrived in Switzerland, the headquarters of the UCI, were received by the government authorities with humanitarian visas. In the near future, it is hoped that they will be able to join the UCI World Cycling Center (WCC), a UCI education and training center in Aigle, Switzerland, which also offers accommodation options that are normally offered to interns at the center.
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