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First Tajik Olympic Medalist Resorts To Driving Taxi

Rasul Boqiev hopes to win more medals for TajikistanRasul Boqiev hopes to win more medals for Tajikistan
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Rasul Boqiev hopes to win more medals for Tajikistan
Rasul Boqiev hopes to win more medals for Tajikistan
DUSHANBE -- Tajikistan's first-ever Olympic medalist is working as a taxi driver in Moscow to make ends meet.

Rasul Boqiev -- who won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics -- says he continues to train and hopes to win more medals for Tajikistan.

His father and first trainer, Khudoinazar Boqiev, told RFE/RL's Tajik Service that his son received Tajikistan's Medal of Honor and $2,300 from the Tajik government after the Olympics, but soon had to move to Russia to find work.

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