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Afghans win first Olympic medal

BBC News - Rohullah Nikpai won Afghanistan's first ever Olympic medal when he took bronze in the taekwondo men's 58kg category.
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The hazards of golfing in Afghanistan

KABUL (AFP) Mohammad Afzal Abdul says he has been jailed twice for playing golf: once in the early 1980s after the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and then again by the hardline Taliban government more than 10 years later.
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Kabul to Lord's

By Paresh Soni, BBC News
After years of conflict and oppressive rule, Afghanistan is a nation playing catch-up. With massive infrastructure problems and violent clashes continuing, it will take years for a semblance of stability to set in.
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Afghanistan's young cricket team ready for England -- and more

AFP - Afghanistan's eager young cricket side leaves for their first tour of England this week convinced they have what it takes to make their mark in the home of cricket -- and the world.
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Cricket-Afghanistan embark on tour of England

By Robert Birsel, Reuters
Five years after the Taliban wanted to ban cricket because they thought it was an American sport, Afghanistan's national cricket team are about to embark on a tour of the true home of the game -- England.
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Afghan Weightlifting Relaxes Post-Taliban

By DAVID GUTTENFELDER, Associated Press
In a country famous for the body-shrouding burqa and the Islamic puritanism of the former Taliban rulers, a gym's advertisements are jolting: a shirtless man in bikini briefs with bulging arm and abdominal muscles rippling, his massive chest flexed.
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