Afghan boxer Sadaf Rahimi was offered “wild-card invitation” for the 2012 Olympics Games in London. But her Olympic dreams were cut short when the International Boxing Association (AIBA) decided on July 18 that she could not compete, citing concerns that boxing against opponents of much higher standards might threaten her safety in the ring. Being asked to the Olympics was a triumph for women in Afghanistan who a decade ago were denied such freedoms.

She fought many opponents since she started training in February, including social and religious condemnation and the disapproval of some of her own coaches who believed that women’s boxing should remain only a hobby.

[April, 2012]