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Afghanistan sending its first woman to compete

Updated: June 18, 2004, 1:06 AM ET
Associated Press

KALLONI, Greece -- Five young athletes from Afghanistan have set out on an adventure.

They have no money. They are in a foreign land whose language they do not speak. They rely on a Greek woman who has brought them to this town on the Aegean Sea island of Lesvos.

Their destination is the Athens Games.

This is the first Afghan Olympic team since the 1996 Atlanta Games, and the first to include women. The athletes are doing everything possible on a meager budget to perform respectably ...

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