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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."


Saturday, July 14, 2012
Khost (BNA) The Khost Volleyball team in the recent competition beat Pashtonkhwah team. 
Volleyball competitions were launched with participation of 15 teams and Pashtonkhwah team of Pakistan. 
Abdul Jabar Naemi governor of Khost said to BNA, the volleyball competitions was launched for peace in the country. 
In the ceremony, governor of Khost expressed pleasure from improvement of sport in that province and pledged further efforts for providing of sport facilities among youths in that province. 
At the end of the ceremony, prize and sport equipments were awarded for participants 
T. Suraya-Yarzadas

Sunday, July 8, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan kick-boxers team obtained 2 gold and 2 silver medals from world competitions. 
According to BNA, Dastageer Panjshiri beat the Greek and German boxers in Lokick section and Iranian athlete obtained silver medals. 
This athlete obtained gold medal in exhibitions sections. 
Rohullah beat Czech, Mongolia and Iranian sportsmen in struggle. 
Ajmal Faraji beat Lebanon and Greek athletes and the Algeria athlete was beat and obtained silver medal. 
According an official of National Olympic Committee, these competitions was held three days back in Greek country and Afghanistan with three athletes, a referee and a delegation were participated.
The mentioned team will returned on Tuesday to country.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, July 08, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan Karate athletes went to Uzbekistan for participation in Asian competitions today. 
According to BNA, 20 members of Karate athletes including five girls left Kabul for Uzbekistan. 
Abdul Mahboob Sarwari an official of National Olympic Committee said that in this trip a preceptor and a referee accompanied the athletes. 
It is said that this competitions will held in two sections of Karate and struggle between youths, teenagers, elders, women and men. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada