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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The athletes of Afghanistan arrived London to participate in the Olympic competitions.
The caravan consisted of six athletes in Taekwondo, Running, Boxing and Judo fields.
Four other athletes including a woman representative in running field arrived in London some weeks ago for practices.
BNA quoting from Mohammad Zaher Aghber head of National Olympic Committee said, these athletes before starting Olympic Games, perform practices in the stadiums which were localized for them earlier.
In these events, Nesaar Ahmad Bahwee and Rohullah Nikpa Afghanistan’s taekwondo players are included.
Also Tahmina Kohistani is the only female athlete of Afghanistan in running field in these competitions.
Head of NOC said, the Afghan athletes having completing readiness for London competitions.
He hoped that the Afghan sportsmen bring medals like other competitions from London as well.
Ajmal Fazi in Judo field, Ajmal Faisal in boxing field and Masoud Azizi in running field are accompanying this caravan in London competitions.
The London Olympic events will start on July 27, 2012 and will end on August 12, 2012.
 

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan teenage cricket team to participate in the World Competitions left Kabul for Australia yesterday.
The mentioned team is due to compete at the B level with Pakistan, New Zeeland and Scotland teams.
Farid Otak responsible for cricket press board told this news agency, the cricket competitions will hold in Australia with participation of 16 cricket teams from the world.
The Afghan teenage cricket team will have a friendly competition with Ireland cricket team on August 7th and their official competitions will start on August 11th of the current year.
T. Rateb
 

Saturday 21 July 2012.

LONDON: As the sun went down over the British capital, Royal Marine Martyn Williams abseiled from a helicopter hovering over the River Thames, carrying the Olympic flame to the ground in a lantern hanging from his belt.

The action film-style descent at the historic Tower of London began symbolically at 20:12 pm (1912 GMT), exactly seven days before the opening ceremony on July 27.

Williams, 23, who was injured in Afghanistan in 2008 but is now fit again, passed the flame to British athlete Kelly Holmes. The winner of the 800 metres and 1,500m at the 2004 Athens Olympics then used the lantern to light the Olympic torch.

The flame will spend the night in the Tower of London, where Queen Elizabeth II keeps her ceremonial jewels, before embarking on a seven-day tour of the capital.

The tour will be the culmination of an 8,000-mile (12,800-kilometre) relay around Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

London Olympic chairman Sebastian Coe said he was "delighted" to welcome the flame, adding: "It's made an extraordinary journey."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Tonight London becomes the first city in history to be entrusted three times with the sacred flame of the Olympics first kindled by the ancient Greeks.

"It will spread the crackling bush fire of Olympic enthusiasm throughout this city and this country.

"I pledge that we will keep that flame burning brightly."

Earlier Friday, before the flame reached the capital, police arrested a 17-year-old man after he tried to grab the torch from a female torchbearer while it passed through Gravesend, a town southeast of London.

The teenager sprinted out of the crowd toward the torchbearer and was grabbed by the security officers accompanying the torch.

The torch will begin its tour of the capital in Greenwich on Saturday and will travel through every London borough, carried by 982 torchbearers, in the coming week

Friday 20 July 2012,

DUSHANBE: Tajikistan is for the first time sending a female boxer to the London Olympics who is on a mission not only to win but to smash gender stereotypes in the religiously conservative ex-Soviet state.

Mavzuna Choriyeva, 19, won her ticket to the Olympics at a qualifying competition in Beijing earlier this year and will be the only competitor from ex-Soviet Central Asia in the boxing competition.

Choriyeva, who fights in the 60 kilogram’s category, is already Asian champion but her qualification spot so delighted the nation that President Emomali Rakhmon awarded her a car as a gift.

"My dream is to win a medal at the London Olympics," she told AFP before flying out to the British capital.

"I know this is not going to be easy -- the strongest sportswomen are going to be there with victories and experience behind them. There is nothing to fear you just need to move forwards to new victories."

"The competition will show your level, your readiness and will reveal your strengths and weaknesses," said Choriyeva, who celebrated her Asian championships victory by wearing a national costume on the podium.

Like many Tajiks of her generation, Choriyeva spent much of her early life in Moscow where her father was working as a migrant labourer in the hope of finding better wages than in their impoverished home country.

Her father had dreamed of teaching a son to box but in the end it was his daughter Mavzuna who put on the gloves and rapidly showed her talent. When her father died, she moved back to Tajikistan to work under trainer Mirzo Shamsiyev.

"Marvzuna is a self-starter and very capable. She does it all herself,” said Shamsiyev. "She aims at the set task and takes the boxing training very seriously."

 

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