Afghan Olympian Runs for Her Life
Apparently the only female competitor to come out of Afghanistan for the Beijing Olympics has gone missing in Italy where she was training with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
According to the report on CBC, Mahbooba Ahadgar called home and told her mother she does not intend to return to Afghanistan.
"...far from being an Olympic favorite, the head of the Afghan Olympic Federation has threatened to throw her family in jail, or worse, if Ahadgar doesn't return." CBC Olympics
According to CBC, her father had already been thrown in jail once, after neighbors had accused her of being a prostitute.
No wonder she doesn't want to return. And if she didn't have to wear so many clothes she might also be faster and a real contender. Doesn't look like she will be going to Beijing.