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Girls Karate Tournament Held in Kabul

An all-girls Karate tournament ended Saturday in Kabul with eight successful participants being selected for the Kabul girls karate team.

Nearly 50 girls from different Kabul clubs took part in the one-day event organized in Zoorkhaneh gymnasium, Kabul.

The participants had to display their best techniques and skills in order to prove their eligibility for the Kabul team, according to competition organizers.

“I won a tough competition – all the girls were well trained,” a participant Suma Sediqi said.

But other athletes questioned the management of the Karate Federation. They accused the federation of not helping the athletes to take part in international competitions.

“I am a member of the national team for five years but I have not participated in a single international competition during this time,” Shaista Shayan said, complaing that it had discouraged her.

Federation officials, however, insisted that similar events had already been held in Herat, Ghazni, Parwan and Balkh provinces.

“We are working on proficiency and skills of our girls. The Girls National Team is attending international competitions and one of our female athletes won a silver medal in last year’s South Asian competition,” said Abdul Mahboob Sarwary, acting head of Karate Federation.

The competition to identify the best athletes for the national team will start next month, he continued. (Tolo News)

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