Afghan women's one-day taekwondo open competitions in Kabul ended with the victory of the Abrishom Dorakhshan team on Sunday. 50 female taekwondo athletes in multiple weight-categories participated.
Nargis Hussaini was selected as “the top athlete," while Nematullah Habibi was picked as “top coach." The top athletes of the competitions were praised by officials from the General Directorate of Physical Education and Sport and the Afghanistan Taekwondo Federation.
According to the officials in the federation, the event was organized to identify new talents for the country's national teams.
“Taekwondo international competitions will be held later this year; we select top athletes from these competitions to send them to the international competitions,” said Wahidullah Bayat, the event organizer.
The athletes described the event as a great opportunity, especially for women, but they criticized the country sports officials for providing fewer services for women's taekwondo in the country.
“While no one counts on us and, the government does not encourage us, we exercise hard and continue our way forward,” said Marzia Hameedi, an athlete in the event.
Anzort Wali, another athlete who has been practicing taekwondo for four years and has achieved several national and international awards, wishes she can participate in Olympic competitions one day in the future and she calls on the country’s sports administration to support her in turning her dream into reality.
“We ask the government and the sports administration to support us so that we can achieve championship titles for the country,” she said.