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Monday, June 10, 2013
Azerbaijani women rewriting their athletic history

By Jane McManus

Azerbaijan is a country with a growing Olympic movement but a traditional culture that does not yet see sports as a valuable enterprise for girls. There are some who would like to see that change as the nation builds facilities capable of hosting world-class events in Baku, and regional Olympic centers in smaller towns to bring those sports to the population.

Some clearly are not ready for change, but I listened to many women discuss bringing opportunities to young girls in a way that respects culture.