Afghanistan would be one of the last countries expected to send female boxers to the Olympics. But in the capital of Kabul, about a dozen women are training for Rio 2016.
The Associated Press reports a scene where “a few yellow lamps light up a cavernous, sparsely furnished room” where the women train. They are as young as 18 and receive little support from Afghanistan’s Olympic Committee.
Afghanistan has sent three women to the Olympics, its first in 2004, according to sports-reference.com.
It nearly had an entrant in women’s boxing’s Olympic debut in 2012, but the International Boxing Association (AIBA) kept Sadaf Rahimi from competing due to concerns for her safety.
Here are photos from the Kabul Stadium boxing club via the AP:
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Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.
In the clip below, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.
Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.
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NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.
The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.
The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.
The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).
From NBC Sports Group:
Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.
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