Afghan president orders probe into abuse of athletes

President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation into allegations of abuse of female athletes.

:: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered Tuesday an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes, saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was unacceptable.

The development follows a Guardian report last Friday about sexual abuse of Afghan female soccer players.

The report cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the abuse took place at the federation’s headquarters in Kabul and at a training camp in Jordan last February. Ghani described the report as “shocking to all Afghans,” the presidential palace said.

On Monday night, he met with officials from the Afghan National Olympic Committee, sportsmen and sportswomen, and pledged authorities would “conduct a thorough investigation into this.”

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