Teenage girl from Afghanistan to box at Olympics

RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Published:

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Besides going after a medal in the boxing ring at the London Olympics, Sadaf Rahimi will be taking a few punches in the fight for equal rights for Afghan women.

There are female Afghan success stories, yet most women in Afghanistan remain second-class citizens, cloaked from head-to-toe in blue burqas, abused or hidden in their homes.

But 17-year-old Rahimi wants to become the new face of Afghan women, gaining honor and dignity for herself and other women in here war-torn country and improving their image worldwide.

Rahimi knows many of her Olympic opponents will be more skilled than she is, but she says she'll try to show that an Afghan girl can get in the ring and achieve something for Afghanistan.