Afghan Girls Break Boundaries through Sports

In June, six top teams from across Afghanistan participated in the first women’s volleyball tournament in Kabul. The event, hosted by the Department of Physical Education & Sports, the Ministry of Education, and the Afghan Women’s Volleyball Federation, aimed to encourage women’s involvement in athletics. The “Peace League of Education” tournament lasted four days and consisted of teams from both governmental and non-governmental organizations. In May, 12 teams of Jaghori girls competed in the first women’s volleyball tournament in all of Afghanistan. Photos from the tournament in Ghazni province show crowds of people cheering on the players, suggesting a major change in Afghani social attitudes towards women’s involvement in sports. Abdul Wadood Kazemiar, the technical director of the Ministry of Education’s Department of Physical Education, told the BBC that some of the players present at the tournament were also members of Afghanistan’s National Women’s Volleyball Team. Ahmad Javid Sharafi, coach of the Afghan Red Crescent Girls Volleyball Team, hopes to eventually build a strong national team to compete outside of Afghanistan. Mozhgan Sadat, an Afghan Red Crescent player, explained to the BCC that despite obstacles she has encountered while pursuing competitive volleyball for over seven years, she and her teammates […]

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