At least 80 women have participated in a handball competition in Kabul that started on Saturday and will continue for five days to select best players for the national team.
This is the fourth year of the handball competitions in which girls from six provinces have attended.
The competition started without an inauguration ceremony to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Athletes from Kabul, Herat, Bamiyan, Balkh, Sar-e-Pul and Daikundi have attended the competition.
“This time we have a new province, Daikundi, in the competition,” said Hina Bariz, the chairperson of Afghanistan Handball Federation.
Women handballers said the competition will improve the sport and will help them to find the way to international events.
“This competition is essential for the improvement of women’s handball,” said Sharifa Mahwash, an athlete from the Bamiyan team.
“There is a need for such facilities in provinces. For instance, we should be able to hold such competitions in Herat,” said Suraya, an athlete from Herat team.
“This competition is essential for us. It improves our skills. We will continue our efforts to share our experiences with our teammates when we are back to our province,” said Zainab, the deputy head of the Bamiyan Handball Federation.
Officials said that 28 best athletes will be selected for the national team at the end of the competition.