Afghan athletes called on the Islamic Emirate to fairly distribute the $560,000 aid-package provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the Afghan sports community.
“We call on the Afghan Olympic Federation to distribute the money to those players and athletes who deserve it. The athletes are living in bad conditions,” said Waisuddin Ghawsi, a coach at the boxing federation.
“The money should not be embezzled. There should be a distinction between the real and fake athletes,” said Abdul Ahad Amiri, a Paralympic Games player.
Some sport analysts believe that the fair distribution of aid will pave the ground for further assistance by the IOC.
“If this money is distributed fairly to the main players, there will be a favorable feeling for the Afghan Olympic Committee by the International Olympic Committee to provide further resources for the Afghan athletes in the near future and to boost aid,” said Meer Ali Azgharzada, a sport expert.
But officials at the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee said that the aid will be distributed with a transparent process.
“We promise that we will distribute the aid to the real players who deserve it, and the rights of the real athletes will not be violated,” said Dad Mohmmad Payanda, Akhtari, CEO of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee.
Thomas Bach, the IOC president, announced $560,000 of aid as part of the humanitarian assistance to the Afghan sport community.
“Thanks to our discreet diplomacy, the Taliban accept and support the delivery by the IOC of humanitarian aid to members of the Olympic community who still live in Afghanistan,” he said.