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Saturday November 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) It wasn’t until 2004 that women from Afghanistan competed in the Olympics for the first time. Fast forward 14 years and now Samira Asghari is the first person from the war-torn country to be named an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member. Not only that, but at 24 years old, she’s the youngest person to ever be named to the committee.
Asghari, an Afghanistan women’s national basketball team player, is one of nine new members elected to the IOC, which is responsible for ensuring the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, promoting peace using sports as a catalyst, acting against any form of discrimination affecting the Games and encouraging and supporting women in athletics.
So, how did Asghari earn her spot? According to AIPS Media, Asghari and her family had to flee to Iran shortly after she was born due to the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan.
“My parents came to the Iran, when I was barely a few months old. But while I did not had any memories of Afghanistan, my parents and grandparents have always shared their wonderfully vivid memories and it is because of this that I love my country and people,” she told AIPS Media.
As a young girl, Asghari was encouraged by her family to stay active and participate in sports. Because her father was heavily involved in martial arts and kung fu, she practiced as well, but then carved her own path and began playing basketball. Thanks to the support from her family, something so rare for Afghan girls who wish to participate in sports, she joined the Afghanistan national basketball team at the junior level. As her game developed, she was then called up to the senior team.
“When I started to be an athlete, there were so many cultural challenges, people from my province were talking and they wanted to prevent me from doing sport, but my family supported me and told me to do my job,” Asghari recalled.
Not only was she impressive on the court, but she stood out off of it as well. That’s why Gen. Zahir Aghbar, the former president of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee asked her to join his committee. She worked as a female representative and then became an international relations board member for the National Olympic Committee. Then in 2014, she became a member of the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission while working with her country’s Olympic committee as a financial director and the Deputy Secretary General.
Now as a member of the IOC, one of her responsibilities will be to help abolish obstacles so many women around the world face when it comes to playing sports.
“I am very excited,” she said. “Women everywhere, and especially women in those countries who are suffering from war, insecurity, cultural and many other problems, need support and we should join hands with them.”

Tuesday November 6, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Ashihara Karate athletes went to Kazakhstan to participate in 6th round of Ashihara Karate World Competition yesterday.
According to BNA report, Ashihara Karate athletes from 30 countries would be participated in the tournament that 14 athletes from Afghanistan will be competed in this tournament.
Dr. Hafizullah Wali Rahami director of physical education and sport hoping success for Afghanistan’s Ashihara Karate athletes in the competitions.

Saturday November 3, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Over half of Afghanistan’s team at the Invictus Games in Australia have vanished and are said to be planning to seek asylum.
The six who are missing – five athletes and one official – did not arrive at the airport to fly home with the rest of the squad on Sunday.
A volunteer who helped the Afghans during Prince Harry’s event thinks the six intend to formally seek to remain in Oz.
Mirwais Ramaki said: “One of them said when he came and saw the people here... basically it was his first time coming out of the country, being in a safe... environment.
“My understanding is they never had the intention to stay, but this 10 days changed their perceptions.”
The Afghans – who have not been named – disappeared after attending the closing ceremony in Sydney on Saturday.
Their five team-mates are said to be worried as the group have limited English and little money.
A source close to the multi-sport Games said the missing six hold visas to stay in Oz until the end of November, so have not yet breached the conditions of the permits.
The insider said: “Rumours were circulating they planned to claim asylum. Now every effort is being made to contact them.” The Games’ main sponsor Jaguar Land Rover organized funding for the team to attend because they could not afford it.
The event for injured ex-service personnel involved 500 athletes from 18 nations.
The Department of Home Affairs in Australia said: “The competitors and officials may remain lawfully in Australia until the expiry of their visas.”
After April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia around 250 athletes and officials stayed and roughly 200 lodged asylum applications.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Kabul (BNA) 43rd round of National Basketball competition started in Kabul.
Based on information of Afghan Physical Education Department, the tournament will continue for a week in gymnasium of Physical Education Department in Kabul.
In the tournament including the two teams from the center, nine other basketball teams from provinces will be attended.
At the end of the tournament, the top players will be selected to the Afghan National Basketball Team.
T. Yarzada