Afghan sprinter in countrywide call

Female runner urges more participation next time.


Afp August 03, 2012

LONDON: Afghanistan’s only female athlete urged her countrywomen to ‘come and join’ her at the next Olympics after she set a personal best in the London Games 100m heats.

Tahmina Kohistani, who has overcome huge prejudice and difficulties to reach the London Olympics, trailed in last in 14.42sec — the day’s slowest time by nearly half-a-second. However, she was overjoyed to run her best ever time. And she said more women should take up sport in Afghanistan.

“I have a big message for the women of Afghanistan: come and join me because I’m alone and I need your support,” said Kohistani. “And we must be ready for the next Olympics. We should have more than one girl in the next Olympics.”

Kohistani, dressed in a black headscarf topped with Afghanistan’s other national colours of red and green, a long-sleeved, light blue top and long trousers, missed the next round’s qualifying time by a distance.

She is part of a six-strong Afghan team  including Rohullah Nikpai, whose taekwondo bronze at Beijing 2008 was the country’s first ever Olympic medal.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2012.

COMMENTS (2)

AFGHAN | 8 years ago | Reply

@Mr X,

You better learn what we are called first. Afghan not Afghani. Afghani is our currency just like yours: Ropia. How about me calling you Ropia instead of Bharati or Indian?

Mr X from Bombay | 8 years ago | Reply

Congrats Tahmina. I am glad to see Afghani people participating in world sports arena. Will like to see more of my dear Afghanis participating in not just sports but quite many world affairs.

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