Following are excerpts from a report on female boxers in Afghanistan,
which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on January 6, 2012:
girls undergo intensive training in this modestly equipped gym. The
broken mirrors, dusty floors, and threats from the Taliban have not
discouraged Shaban or her younger sister Sadaf from practicing female
boxing, their preferred sport.
I have to have great success in the world of boxing, and to win a gold
medal in the 2012 London Olympics, for the glory of my country. This
gym was opened four years ago, and it serves 25 girls from various regions
Trainer: We demand
that the Afghan government, businessmen, and private companies support
our national women's boxing teams, as well as other sports.
Reporter: A new
generation of Afghan girls is challenging the conventional image of
the Afghan woman, whom the Taliban tried to hide behind the burqa.
Their aspirations drove them to train in gyms, some of them clandestine,
far from the eyes of the Taliban. The [female boxers] are not allowed
treatment by male doctors, and so, many of them were denied treatment.
In addition, some of them were flogged. Today, there are many gyms that
train girls in the art of boxing, in a country still suffering from
the conflict. This makes self-defense skills all the more important.