KABUL (Tolo News): Presenting an annual review on Saturday, officials from the country’s sports department revealed that over the course of the past year, they initiated more than 3,000 dedicated programs, both specialized and official, to advance the realm of sports within Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s sports authorities emphasized that the nation’s athletes actively participated in 49 international events over the span of a year, ultimately securing an impressive tally of 23 medals.
“Engaging in diverse disciplines, our athletes have achieved notable success, securing three gold, ten silver, and ten bronze medals,” noted Abdul Wadud Haqqani, Director of the General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports.
The report also spotlighted the challenges faced by Afghan athletes, including the hurdles encountered in obtaining visas.
“Around 15% of international competitions remained inaccessible to our athletes due to visa delays and insufficient funds,” disclosed Abdulmoman Rad, Technical and Professional Head of the General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports.
Meanwhile, Daad Mohammad Akhtari, the head of the National Olympic Committee shed light on the budgetary concern stemming from the non-transfer of funds by the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia to Afghanistan.
“The ongoing issue of Afghanistan’s Olympic budget is actively being addressed, and solutions will be forthcoming through the concerted efforts of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia,” assured Akhtari.
In their presentation, the officials underscored the value of their programs, designed to foster growth and advancement in both local and global sports arenas.