Saturday February 4, 2017
Kabul (BNA) On a snowy mountaintop to the west of Kabul, a group of Afghan girls practice the flowing movements of Wushu, a sport developed from ancient Chinese kung fu martial arts, stretching and bending and slashing the air with bright swords.
In a country where women’s sport is severely restricted, the Shaolin Wushu club in a part of Kabul that is home to the capital’s Hazara ethnic community, is a rare exception. Sima Azimi, the 20-year-old leading the practice session, says Wushu teaches self-defense, but just as important, “it’s really effective for body and soul”. She learned the sport in Iran, where she won a gold and bronze medal in competition, and she has been teaching in Kabul for about a year, encouraged by her father, with whom she trains at the club’s gym. “I am working with Afghan girls to strengthen their abilities and I love to see Afghan girls improve the way other girls have improved in the world,” she said. “My ambition is to see my students take part in international matches and win medals for their country.” Martial arts of all kinds are popular in Afghanistan, but it is a notoriously hard country for women and the girls of the Shaolin Wushu club face regular harassment and abuse in addition to the normal dangers of life in Kabul.
“The biggest challenge we faced is insecurity,” said 18-year-old Zahra Timori. “Most of the time, we can’t go to the club due to insecurity.” Her friend Shakila Muradi said she hoped that sport could help create a more peaceful climate in Afghanistan in defiance of the daily reality the girls face. “There are many people harassing us but we ignore them and follow our goals,” she said. When possible, training goes on in a gym dominated by a poster of Hussain Sadiqi, a Hazara martial arts champion who fled to Australia in 1999 and later worked as a film stuntman. So far, all the girls in the club are Hazara, a Persian-speaking, mainly Shi’ite group who have faced a series of attacks claimed by ISIS militants over the past year. Their generally more liberal social traditions give the girls more room to move outside the home and practise sports but Sima’s father, Rahmatullah Azimi says he hopes to see girls from other ethnic groups join in as well.
Wednesday February 1, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan development cricket team with defeating Zimbabwe A cricket team in his third match won the championship of 50-overs tournament.
Farid Hotak spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board today told BNA reporter, in the third match Afghanistan development cricket team started bowling and with losing 4 wickets targeted 280 runs in 50 overs to Zimbabwe A cricket team.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe A cricket team with losing 9 wickets couldn’t reach to the chosen targeted and accept his failure.
It is mentionable that Afghanistan development cricket team to face with Zimbabwe A cricket team in two matches, that the first match to be held in 3 February 2017.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Kabul (BNA) A number of top sportsmen of the country have been appreciated by Khoram and Marhamat social organizations.
In a ceremony held yesterday on this occasion at national theater hall, acting minister of Information and Culture Dr. Kamal Sadat spoke related to role of youth and said Afghan youth should try their best in each sport field to be example as Baz Mohammad Mubariz, Wali Hotak and other sportsmen of the country.
He added the ministry of Information and Culture was appreciating all youth of the country in particular top and merit youth and would be in the service of them. Dr. Sadat also asked the people in particular the country’s youth to make serious effort for rooting out and counter corruption and take part in reconstruction of their country. In the ceremony, director of Khoram social organization said that the program aimed to appreciate top sportsmen and those who have brought medals to the country.
Monday January 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan development cricket team has defeated Zimbabwe A cricket team in his second match by 55 runs.
Farid Hotak spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) today told BNA reporter, the match was held in Harare city capital of Zimbabwe that first Afghanistan development cricket team started bowling and targeted 209 runs in 48 overs with losing his all players, in which Zimbabwe A cricket team with losing his all wickets couldn’t reach to chosen target and accept his failure.
It is mentionable that Afghanistan development cricket team in his first match has trounced Zimbabwe A cricket team by 5 wickets as well.
It is supposed that Afghanistan development cricket team to play with Zimbabwe A cricket team in his 3rd match tomorrow.