International: Women from Muslim contexts enter the Beijing Olympics

Reuters via Women's Freedom Forum
"Few athletes will have overcome the obstacles 21-year-old Abdul-Razzaq has faced to reach the Beijing Olympics, from a sniper's bullets to a paucity of adequate training facilities and religious and cultural opposition to female athletes."
Iraqi sprinter Dana Abdul-Razzaq stretches during a training session at al-Shaab National Stadium in Baghdad March 18, 2008.

29 March 2008

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Afghan teenager enters Beijing Olympics

"Mahboba Ahdyar, an Afghan runner for the Olympic Games, stretches during a media event in Kabul March 15, 2008. Ahdyar is the only woman among four Afghans due to represent the war-torn country at August's Beijing Olympics and the slightly built 19-year-old 1,500 metre runner stands little chance of a medal. Competing, however, is more about pride and showing the world what Afghan women can do."

17 March 2008

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