Afghan Wheelchair Basketball Star Debuts in Spain After Fleeing Kabul.

The captain of the Afghan women's wheelchair basketball team made her debut with her new Spanish team, Saturday, October 2, to cheers and applause just more than a month after fleeing Kabul when the Taliban came to power.

Nilofar Bayat, 28, and her husband, Ramesh Naik Zai, 27, were offered the chance to play for Bidaideak Bilbao BSR, a wheelchair basketball team in the northern city of Bilbao.

They arrived in Madrid from Kabul on August 20, on a flight with 100 other refugees thanks to efforts by the Spanish government and the Spanish Basketball Federation.

Saturday was the first time Bayat played on a mixed team. She was the only woman playing for Bidaideak Bilbao BSR in the side's friendly match against Fundacion Vital Zuzenak.

(Reuters)

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