Afghan federation threatens riders, doxxes journalist over evacuation criticisms

Afghanistan Cycling Federation President Fazli Ahmad Fazli with the UCI Merit in September 2021
Afghanistan Cycling Federation President Fazli Ahmad Fazli with the UCI Merit in September 2021 (Image credit: Fazli Ahmad Fazli/Facebook)

One month after the Afghan Cycling Federation (ACF) president, his family, and other staff were successfully evacuated from the country after the Taliban takeover in August, the ACF continues to bully riders who have gotten out or are still hoping to flee, those who continue to work to evacuate those still in the country, and journalists 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 some of them resettled. The UCI, whose selections accounted for roughly half the seats, included Fazli and his family, and relied on the ACF president to prioritize which riders got on the flight.

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