Taliban Threatens Afghanistan’s Former Female Athletes Amid Sports Ban

‘Since the Taliban came, I feel like I’m dead.’
In this photograph taken on January 16, 2022, Taliban fighters stand guard during a military street parade in Maymana, capital of Faryab province. (Photo by Elise BLANCHARD / AFP) (Photo by ELISE BLANCHARD/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Taliban rulers have banned all sports for women and girls in Afghanistan. 
  • The Taliban is actively intimidating and harassing former female athletes, deterring them from even practicing in private.
  • Women and girls who once played sports have reported receiving intimidating visits and phone calls from the Taliban, warning them not to engage in their sports.

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