Taliban Refuse to Recognize Women on Afghan Olympic Team

by Abbas Adil

Shafaqna India: The Taliban do not recognize the three female athletes who will represent Afghanistan at the Paris Olympic Games this month, a spokesman for their sports department said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has invited a squad of six Afghan athletes—three women and three men—in consultation with Afghanistan’s largely exiled national Olympic committee.

“Only three athletes are representing Afghanistan,” said Atal Mashwani, the spokesman for the Taliban government’s sports directorate, referring to the male competitors.

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