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Afghan female basketball player become OIC member

AT Monitoring Desk-The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected nine new members including 24-year-old Samira Asghari, an Afghanistan women’s national basketball team player.

Afghanistan was ineligible to compete at the 2000 Sydney Games because its National Olympic Committee did not follow the Olympic Charter, most notably the Taliban prohibiting female athletes.

In a move to boost women’s rights, the IOC in July of current year named a young Afghan woman among nine candidates for membership of the body.

The OIC president Thomas Bach in that time said that Asghari is a young woman of Afghanistan who is very active in promoting the right to paly sport for women in Afghanistan, and it is not an easy task.

“With this nomination we wanted to send a signal not only to men and women in Afghanistan but also in all these countries where women are facing serious obstacles to do sport”.

It is worth mentioning that Asghari is Afghanistan’s first IOC member, according to Olympic historians.

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