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.