Afghan hopefuls for Paralympic gold

Check out today’s article in The Guardian about the Afghani women’s wheelchair basketball team: Fighting a ‘double curse’: Afghan hopefuls for Paralympic gold.

Nilofar Bayat played her first game of wheelchair basketball in an open court in the middle of Kabul, surrounded by mainly male onlookers who shouted insults and called her names.

She decided to keep playing anyway.

Today, the 24-year-old captain and her all-female team are preparing to qualify for next year’s Paralympic games in Tokyo – a challenge, but hardly the only one the young team is facing.

And then go check out Jess Markt’s blog: Afghanistan Wheelchair Basketball Project.


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