A two day Wushu competition kicked-off in Kabul on Saturday and 300 young athletes from 60 clubs are expected to compete.
The tournament, which will involve 10 different weight categories, aims to select the top 40 contestants who will be trained for future national teams, officials said.
According to Abdul Habib Karimi, one of the coaches the aim is to focus and invest in children who will in future be part of the national team. He said the tournament will be used to select the top 40 participants who will then be coached and trained.
A number of competitors said they practiced hard to get to this stage and many hope to be chosen for the national team one day.
“I want to beat all of my rivals. I had a lot of training and I hope to become a member of the national team and bring home medals for Afghanistan one day,” a Wushu athlete, Noorullah said.
Meanwhile Wushu Federation officials said they plan to hold another tournament in the near future for teenagers who will be selected for the current national team. (Tolo News)