Monday, July 14, 2008

Afghan Olympian Flees

Nineteen-year-old Mahbooba Ahadyar has fled her Olympic training camp in Italy in fear of her life, reports.

"When I was in Kabul, I received many anonymous phone calls from people who threatened me and told me not to compete in sports. Even some of our neighbors have harassed me about it," Ahadyar said.

The Olympic committee in Afghanistan plans to send someone in her place, but it's a shame that this young women will be unable to represent her country.

UPDATE: CBC Video on Mahbooba Ahadyar

1 comment:

Icka said...

Pretty sad. It will be a mark of cultural progress, rather than just political or military, when these kinds of things don't happen anymore.