ONE DAY I’LL RETURN
WHENAli Ahmadi thinks of Afghanistan, he thinks of his peaceful mountain-rimmed village by a stream, not the war-ravaged country so often featured on the news.
He hasn’t given up hope of one day returning to his birthplace.
‘‘It was a beautiful country before, and I hope one day it can be again,’’ he says.
‘‘Everyone has to be united and come together (despite) different religions for us to be a united, peaceful country.
‘‘I have not been able to go back yet, but I would like to one day. I still have family there,’’ Ali says.
Warrior cast: Ali Ahmadi with Tatiana Grigorieva, who is fellow gladiator Olympia.