The Taliban and women’s sport: Progress reversed

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After the Talibanseized Kabul in August, following a calamitous US departure that marked the end of America’s longest war, Afghanistan’s female athletes, who have in recent years become symbols of resistance and empowerment, were suddenly gripped by fear. Reports surfaced of the Taliban going door-to-door, seeking out prominent women athletes and sports players, who had suddenly become the hunted. Fearing a return to the harsh Taliban rule of two decades ago, many burned their equipment and trophies, removing all traces of their sporting life. Others went into hiding. Still, many were among th…

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