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Afghan president orders probe into abuse of female athletes

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the attorney general's office to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes. Tuesday's statement from the presidential palace quotes Ghani as saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was not acceptable.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the attorney general's office to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes.

Tuesday's statement from the presidential palace quotes Ghani as saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was not acceptable.

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

Ghani says this was "shocking to all Afghans."

He met with officials from the Afghan National Olympic Committee, sportsmen and sportswomen at the palace on Monday night and pledged that authorities would "conduct a thorough investigation into this."

Attorney General Farid Hamedi says his office has already formulated a plan for a comprehensive and transparent investigation.

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