Afghan female Taekwondo para-athlete breaks social taboo

An Afghan girl has broken the taboo of being engaged in sports and achieved great success after winning a silver in an international event.

And more inspiring is that the girl has been physically disabled since her birth.

Zakia Khudadadi, 18-year-old, won silver medal in the First African 2016 Para-Taekwondo Championships held in Egypt in May.

Now, she’s in training and dreams big.

She hopes that she could be part of the Paralympic Games one day and win a gold from it.

SOUNDBITE: ZAKIA KHUDADADI, Taekwondo martial artist
“I won a silver medal after defeating opponents from Nigeria, Egypt and Poland. I am hopeful about winning more competitions and bringing more medals home to my country in future championships, particularly at the Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.”

To achieve the goal, she has to receive training in a club also attended by boys, which is another taboo in conservative Afghan society.

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