A group of women and girls has been holding secret taekwondo sessions in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The Taliban, who returned to power in August 2021, has banned women from participating in sports and from exercising in public. The athletes’ faces have been covered and their voices changed for their safety.
Tolo News: The first round of taekwondo freestyle competitions with athletes from 14 provinces has been hosted by the central province of Ghazni. According to officials of Afghanistan’s Taekwondo Federation, 160 athletes has participated in the competition. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Afghan athlete Ghulam Murtaza Saleh won a taekwondo gold medal after six victories in Pakistan’s G-1 Taekwondo Championship 2021. Saleh defeated four of his Pakistani rivals, one Albanian and an Egyptian athlete to earn the gold medal in the competition. Click here to read more (external link). Other Sports News Football: Toofan and
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 22, 2021 Seven female tae kwon do athletes are resettling in Australia after fleeing Taliban-controlled Afghanistan last month. Australian Taekwondo said on September 22 that the seven women are completing quarantine this week following what it described as a high-risk evacuation via Pakistan after the Taliban seized power in mid-August.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 28, 2021 Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes have arrived in the athletes’ village in Tokyo and will compete next week in their events, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on August 28. The two-person team of Zakia Khudadadi, a tae kwon do athlete, and Hossain Rasouli, a track athlete, flew from
CBS News: Afghan taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi was supposed to be on her way to the Tokyo Paralympics and become her country’s first ever female participant in the Games. Instead, as the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan, the 23-year-old tells CBS News she and her family are living a “nightmare.” Click here to read
Ariana: Farzad Mansouri, the Afghan national taekwondo athlete, was beaten on Tuesday morning by his Korean rival, and he missed to fight for the bronze medal following IN Kyo Don’s defeat. Click here to read more (external link). More Sports News ‘We’re so proud of her’: Afghanistan’s gutsy female cyclists ready to cheer on Ali
Tolo News: Afghan taekwondo competitor Farzad Mansouri will face a Korean rival on Tuesday in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The competition will kick off on Tuesday at 7:45 am local Kabul time. Mansouri, 19, will compete in the 80kg category. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: Two Afghan athletes, Farzad Mansoori and Hussain Lutfi, each won a bronze medal in the 2021 Beirut Open Taekwondo Tournament which finished on Monday. The three-day tournament started on June 19 and 269 athletes from 44 countries participated. Click here to read more about (external link).
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s Mohsen Rezaee won a gold medal in the 2021 Asian Taekwondo Championships by defeating his rival from South Korea in the final match in Lebanon on Thursday, becoming the first-ever Afghan to win a medal at the competition. The 2021 Asian Taekwondo Championships were attended by 189 athletes from 21 countries. Click