Afghanistan's Last Athlete In Olympics To Compete Today


Wahab Zahiri, the last Afghan athlete at Olympic Games, will compete against his rivals at men’s 100 meters race on Saturday afternoon.

Zahiri is 23 years old and was born in Sar Shahi village in Nangarhar province.

He was selected to represent Afghanistan in Rio after setting a qualifying time of 10.75 seconds in the 100m race.

According to him, he started running while at Peshawar Islamia University in Pakistan – where he lived for 10 years.

“Athletes will have good achievements if they are supported. I hope that other athletes are supported by government in the upcoming Olympic Games,” Zahiri said.

Three world-class Afghan athletes are in Rio for the Games.

Two of the athletes are men and one is a women. Apart from Zahiri, the team includes Tawfiq Bakhshi, a Judo champion and Kimya Yusufi.

Zahiri has only once participated in a cross-border competition‎ – which was in 2016 at the South Asian Games in India. However, now he has the chance to shine at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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