The acting Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, said that no fundamental work has been done for athletes and youth within the past two decades in Afghanistan.
He said that Afghan youth were "misused."
Speaking at a gathering held by the athletes to celebrate the Independence Day of Afghanistan, the acting FM meanwhile urged the youth to work for the development of Afghanistan.
“In the past 20 years, unfortunately, our youth have been misused in wrong ways. There have been 4 million drug addicts within the past 20 years in our country,” he said.
The head of the General Directorate of Physical Education and Sport, Ahmadullah Wassiq, said that the Islamic Emirate will support athletes in national and international competitions.
“We promise all athletes that we will support them and we will provide them with facilities and we will pay a lot of attention to them,” he said.
The athletes meanwhile called on the interim government to support them in preparing for international competitions.
“Either it is a financial or technical problem which caused us to lose most of our competitions,” said Ali Sina, an athlete.
“We call on the government to support different sports programs so we can find our way through national and international competitions,” said Kabir Khoshbin, a disabled athlete.