The third buzkashi league tournament ended in Kabul on Sunday after competitions were held among 16 teams from various provinces.
The league competition lasted over 10 days. Kandahar and Kunduz faced off for the championship match on Sunday. Kandahar beat Kunduz 2-0 to win the championship.
“Our people’s prayers were with us. We had good horses and good management and we become the champions,” said Faisal Hassan, a member of the Kandahar team.
A number of athletes and residents of the country urged sports departments to support such traditional games.
“Our request of the Islamic Emirate is to hold such traditional games regularly,” said Meraj, a Kabul resident.
Sport officials said they are committed to supporting such games in the country. “After this, we will try to hold competitions in different zones of the country,” said Fahim Nazari, deputy head of the Buzkashi Federation.
“The government is ready to support such games. The National Olympic Committee’s job is to support and promote such traditional games,” Ahmadullah Wasiq, director of National Radio and Television said.
“Our colleagues have noted the problems in the league and will solve them in the coming leagues,” said Nazar Mohammad Mutmaeen, acting director of the Olympic Committee.