Female boxers in Afghanistan.
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London 2012: Afghan female boxers hope to compete in 2012 Olympics

3 January 2012 Last updated at 19:59 GMT

Under Taliban rule, women in Afghanistan were forbidden from participating in any sports. But a decade later some of them are wearing boxing gloves and dreaming of Olympic glory.

The first Afghan female boxing team is training to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where this sport has been introduced for the first time.

Taekwondo fighter Rohullah Nikpai became a national hero after he won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Afghanistan's female boxers now hope to walk in his footsteps.

Mehvish Hussain reports.