Afghanistan at the 2004 Summer Paralympics

Afghanistan at the
2004 Summer Paralympics
IPC code AFG
NPC Afghanistan Paralympic Committee
in Athens
Competitors 2 in 2 sports
Ranked 76th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Paralympics appearances

Afghanistan participated in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece. It was reportedly the country's first "official" appearance at the Paralympic Games,[1] although two cyclists had already competed for Afghanistan in 1996. The delegation consisted of two competitors, Mareena Karim and Qaher Hazrat.[2][3] A third competitor, runner Sharifa Ahmadi, was registered for the games but did not participate.[4]

Karim was a fourteen-year-old runner who competed in the 100-metre T46 event. Karim's feet were amputated when she was an infant after they were severely burned. She began proper training only two months before the games.[5] In the first round of the 100 metre race, she finished last with a time of 18.85 seconds and did not advance to the next round.[4]

The other team member was twenty-two-year-old cyclist Qaher Hazrat,[2] who lost both legs below the knee after stepping on a land mine in 1996 during the country's civil war.[1] Hazrat competed in the men's road race/time trial LC3 event and, with 26 points, finished last out of fourteen cyclists.[6]

Karim and Hazrat trained at Kabul's National Stadium under Sultan Mahmood, who had participated in the 1980 Summer Olympics as a wrestler.[1]

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  1. 1 2 3 De Jong, Antoinette (2004). "Disabled Afghan athletes ready for Paralympics 2004". Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation. Archived from the original on 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  2. 1 2 "Athlete Profile - HAZRAT Qaher". International Paralympic Committee. April 8, 2004. Archived from the original on 2005-11-17. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  3. Afghanistan at the Paralympics on
  4. 1 2 "ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games - Athletics - Women's 100 m T46". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  5. Hudson, Elizabeth (19 September 2004). "Paralympic diary: Day three". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  6. "ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games - Cycling (Road) - Men's Road Race / Time Trial Bicycle LC3". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
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