Afghanistan rescue mission, Australia steps up
- Tracey Holmes / The Ticket, ABC
When Kabul fell to the Taliban in August 2021, the women athletes of Afghanistan were in immediate, life threatening danger. They stood for everything the Taliban despised and had used their voices to call for change. As the Allied Forces withdrew, they were left, feeling abandoned. Their interviews and pleas for help, heard on The Ticket, prompted a small group of Australians led by former athletes to mount a painstaking, difficult, absorbing rescue mission that spanned multiple countries and went to the highest levels of power in sport, intelligence, and politics. This program documents how it happened with producer, researcher, and presenter - Tracey Holmes, following the rescue mission through the night while in hotel quarantine in Sydney. As a result of The Ticket Afghanistan's two Paralympic athletes were rescued and made it to Tokyo in time to compete.