SHOWS: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 14, 2012) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF AFGHANS CARRYING TAEKWONDO BRONZE MEDALLIST ROHULLAH NIKPAI ON THEIR SHOULDERS ON HIS RETURN FROM LONDON 2. PEOPLE CELEBRATING AND CHEERING FOR NIKPAI 3. BAND PLAYING MUSIC 4. PEOPLE IN VEHICLES WAVING FLAGS AND CHEERING 5. AFGHAN OLYMPIC OFFICIALS RIDING HORSES AT KABUL STADIUM CELEBRATIONS 6. TAEKWONDO BRONZE MEDALLIST ROHULLAH NIKPAI SHOWING HIS OLYMPIC MEDAL TO HIS SUPPORTERS 7. AFGHAN TAEKWONDO ATHLETES IN UNIFORMS WAVING AFGHAN FLAGS AT THE STADIUM STORY: Hundreds of Afghans celebrated the return of the country's Olympic taekwondo bronze medallist Rohullah Nikpai to Kabul on Tuesday (August 14). Nikpai won the Olympic bronze medal in the men's taekwondo featherweight -68kg event in London by defeating Britain's Martin Stamper 5-3. Supporters carried Nikpai on their shoulders chanting slogans such as, "long live Nikpai, we are proud of you," on his arrival at Kabul airport. A celebration was then held for him at Kabul's sports stadium. Nikpai received a phone call of congratulations from President Hamid Karzai after winning the second bronze medal of his Olympic career. The 25-year-old also won the bronze medal in the -58kg event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Nikpai was born into conflict that still rages. He started to learn taekwondo in 1997 at the age of 10 but he and his family were forced to flee to neighbouring Iran for a number of years to escape the violence and brutal oppression of the Taliban, who were toppled just over a decade ago.