We previously spoke to MTB Afghanistan about its evacuation program with Outride, but in a separate effort, the UCI has 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 decided The evacuation of 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, Albania. From there they were resettled, 38 of them went to Switzerland and the rest to Canada, France, Israel and the USA.
The 38 people who arrived in Switzerland, the headquarters of the UCI, were received by government authorities on humanitarian visas. In the near future, there is hope that they will be able to join the UCI World Cycling Center (WCC), a UCI training and coaching center in Aigle, Switzerland that also provides accommodation options that are normally offered to center trainees.
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