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Women Banned From Some Sports Activities

Sports activities for women have been banned in some fields, said a number of sports club owners in Kabul.  

 However, women have access to some types of sports, such as fitness.  

The Islamic Emirate said it would allow women’s sports based on Islamic values and Afghan culture. 

“We will pursue the policy of the Islamic Emirate in all aspects. Whatever is allowed in our culture and tradition, we will allow it,” said Dad Mohmmad Nawa, spokesman for Physical Education and National Olympic Committee.   

Tahira Sultani is a coach of Taekwondo and mountaineering sports. She has earned awards at the national level as well as abroad in the past eight years. 

“Since the Taliban came to power, I was not allowed to exercise. I referred to many sport clubs for training. But, unfortunately, they said that the women’s section is closed,” she said.  

Arizo Ahmadi was a member of the national Jujutsu team.  

“I had a lot of desire and ambition over the past six years. I wanted to raise the flag of Afghanistan in the world in the best way,” she said.  

“They (Islamic Emirate) don’t allow athletic sports (for women), although the women’s section was separated in the past and it is separated now too. The coach is also a woman not a man. But let (women) be allowed to do their exercises,” said Hafizullah Abasi, head of a sports club.  

However, some sports centers have not banned women.  

Khatira Sapai is a fitness coach in Kabul.  

“Our classes are on a normal level. We perform our exercises. Women participate and there is no ban. I train two classes during the day,” she said.  

The ban of women in sports by the current government has faced criticism by international humanitarian organizations.  

“According to Human Rights Watch, there have been a number of concerning reports, including: Taliban bans on women’s sports, limited women’s access to health care due to Taliban rules requiring women to be chaperoned by a man, suspension of international aid,” Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said earlier in a series of tweets.  

Women Banned From Some Sports Activities

 However, women have access to some types of sports, such as fitness.  

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Sports activities for women have been banned in some fields, said a number of sports club owners in Kabul.  

 However, women have access to some types of sports, such as fitness.  

The Islamic Emirate said it would allow women’s sports based on Islamic values and Afghan culture. 

“We will pursue the policy of the Islamic Emirate in all aspects. Whatever is allowed in our culture and tradition, we will allow it,” said Dad Mohmmad Nawa, spokesman for Physical Education and National Olympic Committee.   

Tahira Sultani is a coach of Taekwondo and mountaineering sports. She has earned awards at the national level as well as abroad in the past eight years. 

“Since the Taliban came to power, I was not allowed to exercise. I referred to many sport clubs for training. But, unfortunately, they said that the women’s section is closed,” she said.  

Arizo Ahmadi was a member of the national Jujutsu team.  

“I had a lot of desire and ambition over the past six years. I wanted to raise the flag of Afghanistan in the world in the best way,” she said.  

“They (Islamic Emirate) don’t allow athletic sports (for women), although the women’s section was separated in the past and it is separated now too. The coach is also a woman not a man. But let (women) be allowed to do their exercises,” said Hafizullah Abasi, head of a sports club.  

However, some sports centers have not banned women.  

Khatira Sapai is a fitness coach in Kabul.  

“Our classes are on a normal level. We perform our exercises. Women participate and there is no ban. I train two classes during the day,” she said.  

The ban of women in sports by the current government has faced criticism by international humanitarian organizations.  

“According to Human Rights Watch, there have been a number of concerning reports, including: Taliban bans on women’s sports, limited women’s access to health care due to Taliban rules requiring women to be chaperoned by a man, suspension of international aid,” Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said earlier in a series of tweets.  

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