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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QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.
Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.
The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.
Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.