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    Where Is the Afghan Female Runner? - TIME

    Mehbooba Andyar's choice to compete in a head scarf and full-length, body-covering running suit could not spare her from Taliban taunts and threats. The Afghan middle-distance runner nonetheless trekked on and was on the verge of realizing her Olympic dream. But now Andyar — slated to be the only female Afghan athlete at the Beijing Games — has gone missing from her training site just weeks before the opening ceremonies.
    Andyar has not contacted any Afghan or international track-and-field authorities since disappearing Friday from a training facility in Formia, Italy, 106 miles (170 km) south of Rome, where she and other international athletes were based in June. Italian police are investigating the disappearance, though there are no signs of foul play. Her bags and passport were also gone from her room, a sign that she may have left on her own.
    No scenario is being ruled out, and Andyar did not have any special security detail. One possible explanation is that the 19-year-old may be seeking asylum somewhere in Europe, following repeated threats and humiliation from Muslim extremists, including false rumors that she was a prostitute. Nick Davies, spokesman for the IAAF, the world track-and-field governing body, said there had been no signs that Andyar was having second thoughts about competing in Beijing. "It was quite a surprise to us," Davies told TIME. "We don't know where she is. All we know is that she and her bags are gone."
    The 800- and 1,500-meter runner, whose best times are far slower than international standards, was an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship athlete, paid for by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and trained by the IAAF, a program that offers special opportunities to competitors in troubled conditions.
    An Italian Olympic official said Andyar and other athletes who had previously been training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, had been in Formia the past month to train, and as a base for European track meets. "We were only the hosts," the Italian official said. "They were in transit here."
    The other Afghan track athlete expected in Beijing, a male sprinter, as well as an Afghan trainer were also at the Formia facility, and they told authorities they were unaware of Andyar's whereabouts. TIME contacted both the Afghan Olympic Committee and the country's track-and-field association in Kabul, but neither knew where Andyar was. An Afghan Olympic official said the team holds the right to substitute Andyar with another female athlete, though the IOC would have the last word.
    Davies says the runner was scheduled to return to Malaysia with the other Asia-based athletes just a few days after she disappeared. Although she could still wind up competing at the Olympics, Davies says that every passing day makes it more likely that Afghanistan will have no women at the Games.
    Four years ago in Athens, Robina Muqimyar ran the 100 meters and Friba Rezihi competed in judo, becoming the first Afghan women ever to compete in the Olympics. If Andyar doesn't make it to Beijing, it will be one more sign that those making the most progress these days in Afghanistan are the bad guys.With reporting by Ali Safi/Kabul

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    That's a darn shame. Nothing has changed, again Bush's fault! I hope she is found safe, unharmed, and most importantly ALIVE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSDiva View Post
    That's a darn shame. Nothing has changed, again Bush's fault! I hope she is found safe, unharmed, and most importantly ALIVE!
    How is this Bush's fault?

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    ^^ i hate Bush, but i have to wonder the same thing! SS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tee-ha-ha View Post
    How is this Bush's fault?
    Because if we would have kept our FULL focus and ALL of our resources in/on Afghanistan, things would not have gotten this bad again, or possibly WORSE!! No Bin Laden, and the Taliban back in FULL control! But, no we had to go invade Iraq!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSDiva View Post
    Because if we would have kept our FULL focus and ALL of our resources in/on Afghanistan, things would not have gotten this bad again, or possibly WORSE!! No Bin Laden, and the Taliban back in FULL control! But, no we had to go invade Iraq!!
    We don't know that. Also, even if the situation in Afghanistan was under control what makes you think Muslim extremists in Europe would be intimidated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tee-ha-ha View Post
    We don't know that. Also, even if the situation in Afghanistan was under control what makes you think Muslim extremists in Europe would be intimidated?
    We do know that, unless some of us haven't been paying attention. Oh you're right...the Taliban don't have followers in any other Country, but Afghanistan!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSDiva View Post
    We do know that, unless some of us haven't been paying attention. Oh you're right...the Taliban don't have followers in any other Country, but Afghanistan!!
    Not to be rude, but have you been paying attention? The Taliban are not the only Muslim extremists who have problems with women doing anything. Even if we had focused 100% of our attention on Afghanistan, there is no guarantee we would have it under control by now. Better chance, yes. Guarantee, no. Even if it were under control, that doesn't mean Muslim extremists would not harass female Muslim athletes in any country, from any country.

    I really seriously think you're barking up the wrong tree here. I don't like Bush either, but blaming him for this is ridiculous.

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    They wouldn't have got it under control. The army have no right being there anyway. There are Muslim women all over the world who aren't 'allowed' to do what they want. Not just in Afghanistan.

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    nothing to do with Bush, athletes from these kinds of countries always go missing in Olympic games - it's their only chance to escape their country!

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    God, I hope she is seeking asylum, and that the extremists didn't kill her.
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    SPIEGEL ONLINE

    07/14/2008 03:32 PMRUNNING FOR HER LIFE
    Afghan Athlete Seeks Asylum in Europe

    Mehboba Ahdyar was to be the poster-child for the Olympics but the 19-year-old Afghan runner ran away from an Italian training camp last week. She has since told her parents she is too scared of reprisals and plans to seek asylum in Europe.

    Mehboba Ahdyar was shouldering the heavy burden of overwhelming expectations. And in the end, it proved more than she could bear. The 19-year-old from Kabul was to be the only female athlete representing Afghanistan in this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing. Now the young woman has run away, leaving a training camp in Italy and telling her family she is applying for political asylum in Europe.


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    Mehboba Ahdyar has opted to seek asylum instead of competing in the Olympics.

    The young runner, who competes in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters, had become the poster girl for the Olympic movement, with her face adorning the International Olympic Committee's Web site.

    But being in the international spotlight had attracted the wrong kind of attention. Although Ahdyar always ran in a headscarf and wore long tracksuit bottoms she still received death threats from extremists who objected to a Muslim woman taking part in sports at all.

    When she received visits from Western media earlier this year, her neighbors called the police telling them she was obviously a prostitute working for foreign clients. Her father, a carpenter, even spent time in jail until the issue was cleared up.

    The attempt to revive women's sport in Afghanistan has been an uphill battle. The 2004 Olympics marked the first time female Afghan athletes had competed in the games since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The country had been banned from the 2000 games because the Islamist regime had not allowed women to compete.

    Afghanistan is now fighting a resurgent Taliban and in a country where women are still regarded as second-class citizens, militants often target organizations and individuals who champion women's issues.

    The German coach of the Afghan women's soccer team, Klaus Stärk, told SPIEGEL ONLINE earlier this year that he had to train his players on a small pitch at a US army base in Kabul because it would be too dangerous for them to play anywhere else. He even brought the female players to his native Stuttgart to give them the chance to play on regulation-sized fields.

    While those women were happy to return to their lives in Afghanistan, Ahdyar took the decision to flee her country and gave up her chance to compete at the Olympics.

    She had been training with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a facility at Formia in Italy and was due to travel back to a high-performance center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 7. Instead she went missing, taking her luggage and passport with her. There were initially fears that she could have been abducted. The Afghan Olympic Committee then claimed that she had a leg injury. Its deputy chairman Sayed Mahmoud Zia Dashti told the Associated Press last week that she was receiving treatment for her leg in Italy.

    However, Ahdyar contacted her family late last week. She told them that she was in Europe and would not be coming back. She said she was scared of reprisals because of her sports career. Her parents are now reportedly under pressure from members of the Afghan Olympic Committee, who say that if she does not come back they will be held responsible and could be thrown in jail. smd/ap/SPIEGEL

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    Can't really blame her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tee-ha-ha View Post
    Can't really blame her.
    Me neither. Running a couple of races isn't worth your life.
    I'm not quite drunk enough to really care, but is this her violation of her violation of her violation of her violation of probation or her violation of her violation of her violation of her probation????? ~MontanaMama on LL's latest arrest.

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