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 ASF NEWS  
2009


HomairaASF Honors Homaira Rahman in 6TH Annual Bowling Tournament
- April 10th, 2009

The Annual Bowling Tournament sponsored by Afghan Sports Federation (ASF) took place on Sunday, April 5th, 2009 at Annandale Lanes located in Annandale, Virginia. Read More


Team Tin Tin wins the Championship for the Midnight Madness Indoor Soccer Tournament 2009

- March 15th, 2009

After an immense battle, team Tin Tin captured the Championship trophy in this year’s Indoor Soccer Tournament sponsored by the Afghan Soccer League of ASF. Team Afghan United placed 2nd. Congratulations to all the participating teams!



Afghan Cup 2009 Poster

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• AFGHAN CUP 2009 Teaser (click to veiw)

AFGHANCUP2009
Afghanistan's Athletes Participate in ASF's 12th "Afghan Cup 2009" in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, July 22 - Thousands of Afghans from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Afghanistan gathered at Howison Park in Prince William County, Virginia, and the Maryland Soccerplex Stadium of Washington DC Metropolitan area to celebrate the Afghan Sports Federation's 12th annual "Afghan Cup" sporting and cultural event. The three days event, which began on July 10th, came to conclusion on Sunday July 12th 2009. The Championship games, cultural events and the Afghan picnic were held at the internationally renowned "Germantown Soccerplex Stadium" in Maryland. READ MORE

 

Afghan Basketball Tournament in Southern California
- Nov. 30th, 2009

A great Afghan Basketball tournament is being held in Southern California on December 26th and 27th, 2009. Registrations due December 11th, 2009 and see flyer for more information or contact event organizer Mamo Rafiq via email: mamorafiq@hotmail.com




All-Star Basketball Team Finishes an Impressive 3rd in the Asian Invitational Tournament
- Feb. 16th, 2009

Afghan Basketball League’s All-Star team participated in the 1st Annual Asian Invitational Tournament, in Washington DC. 12 Teams participated, representing 12 different Asian countries. ABL’s All-Star team finished an impressive 3rd in the tournament, loosing a close semi-final game to the tournament Champions, an All-Star Korean squad. Afghan Basketball League’s All-Star team will participate in many other regional and national tournaments in the coming months. Congratulations to the players participated!


ASF's Virginia Soccer Teams Win Big in Nationwide Afghan Tournaments!

Afghan Sports Federation
  Afghan Sports Federation

In the largest sports gathering outside of Afghanistan over 7000 Afghans from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia gathered at the Discovery Center Soccerplex in the suburbs of Washington DC to celebrate the Afghan Sports Federation’s 10th Anniversary of the 4th of July sporting events. Read More

Mega Afghan sports meet outside S. Asia for the biggest Afghan Sports event...
NEW YORK, July 4 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The largest-every Afghan sports meet outside of the war-hit country begins in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area from tomorrow. Read More


August 5th, 2009
On August 5th, 2009, Nesar Ahmad Bahave received gold medal in the Asian Martial Arts Championship in Bangkok Thailand.   Afghanistan’s martial arts program is one of the best in Asia and has won many awards in the past few years.


Kung-Fu kicks off in Afghanistan

- BBC - June 25, 2009

As Afghanistan is struggling for security ahead of presidential elections later this year, sport has become a way for an increasing number of youngsters to forget about the hardships of daily life. Read more


Afghan body beautiful flex to win Mr. Afghanistan

- Reuters - 06/03/2009

Kabul - Inside a small, dark and sweaty movie theatre in the heart of the Afghan capital, a packed audience of men chant and whistle as bronzed and muscular figures flex their biceps in the hope of being crowned Mr. Afghanistan. Read more


Afghan girls take part in a skateboarding event

- AP - Mon Jun 1

Afghan girls take part in a skateboarding event to mark Children's Day in Kabul, Afghanistan Monday, June 1, 2009.


First 'Afghan ODI' held in Kabul

- BBC News - May 1st, 2009

The English were outplayed by a strong Afghan side

The Afghan cricket team has beaten an English village side in what has been billed as the first one-day international held in the country. Read more


ANBF Tournaments Being Held in Kabul and Herat Afghanistan

- Ghous Nikbeen April 22, 2009

Afghanistan National Basketball Federation (ANBF) is holding a tournament in the NOC gymnasium in Kabul Afghanistan on May 1st, 2009. The goal of this competition is the selection of the best players from Kabul teams. There would be 6 teams competing in this tournament from which 18 players would be chosen for the Kabul Select Team. Another youth tournament for players under 16 was held last week in the city of Herat where 12 teams participated in the event. Mr. Ghous Nikbeen, the General Secretary of ANBF said, “I am very hopeful for the future of Afghan basketball and with the help of friends like Afghan Sports Federation (ASF), we are very optimistic in developing the Afghan basketball program.”



Afghan cricketers defy the odds

- April 1 2009, BBC News

The Afghanistan cricket team's remarkable quest for a place in the World Cup has entered its final leg.
They are in South Africa for a crucial qualifying tournament and beat Denmark in their opening game on Wednesday.
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Afghanistan Slumdog Millionaires Target Cricket World Cup Place

- 03/31/2009

Afghanistan’s national cricket team, started five years ago by former refugees after the Taliban’s ouster, is closing on a place at the 2011 World Cup. ...Read more


The 6th Annual Kabul Taekwondo Championship

- March, 2009

The results of the 6th Annual Kabul Taekwondo Championship qualifications for the National Games were announced. Almost 700 athletes participated from 130 Kabul Taekwondo clubs. Click on the photos to get all the results.

  

 


Afghan Boxer Wins French Citizenship

- By Bruce Crumley 03/11/ 2009

France's Immigration Minister Eric Besson (L) offers French books to boxing junior champion Sharif Hassanzadeh of Afghanistan (R) during a ceremony to give Hassanzadeh a French residency permit, at the Immigration Ministry in Paris March 11, 2009. Read more...

 


Afghan Cricketers Brave Pakistan

- BBC 03/11/2009

When the Sri Lankan cricket team were attacked in Lahore recently few thought any international side would be visiting for many years. The Afghan national side seem to be made of sterner stuff. Read more...

 


ICC applauds Afghanistan's World Cup push

- AFP 02/02/2009

International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat Sunday applauded Afghanistan's extraordinary effort in reaching the final stage of qualifying for the 2011 World Cup. Read more...

 


Cricket - Afghan team return home to euphoric crowd

- 03 Jan 2009 by Jonathon Burch

Afghanistan's national cricket team arrived home on Tuesday to a modest but ecstatic crowd after reaching the final stage of the 2011 World Cup qualifiers. Read more...

 


reuters.com/News/Pictures

- Tue Feb 3, 4:40 AM ET

Members of the Afghan cricket team hold a trophy upon their arrival in Kabul February 3, 2009. Afghanistan's national cricket team arrived home on Tuesday to a modest but ecstatic crowd after reaching the final stage of the 2011 World Cup qualifiers.
REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN)

 


Cabinet 'ignores' Afghan cricket

- By Bilal Sarwary

The Afghan cricket team says it is disappointed not to have got morer ecognition after progressing to the final stages of the 2011 World Cup. Read more...

 

Afghan Sports Federation presents
11th Annual Afghan Cup 2008

• Video: 2008 Highlights (click to veiw)
• Video: 2008 Interviews (click to veiw)
• Video: ASF 2007 Part 1 (click to veiw)
• Video: ASF 2007 Part 2 (click to veiw)

Thousands of Afghans from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Afghanistan gathered at Howison Park in Prince William county and Maryland Soccerplex Stadium of Washington DC metropolitan area to celebrate the Afghan Sports Federation's 11th annual 4th of July sporting and cultural events. ...Read more



• TV Broadcast Commercial 2008 (click to veiw)
• ASF 4th of July Details


Afghan Cricket team battles to become World class

- December 28th, 2008

Afghanistan has only one proper cricket ground and its national squad earns only £12 a month, but next month the war-ravaged country will move a step closer to qualifying for the Cricket World Cup. Read more...

 

Afghans win Homeless World Cup
- December 7th, 2008

In front of 5,000 screaming fans in Australia today, Afghanistan won the Homeless World Cup by outscoring Russia in the final game with a score of 5-4. The Homeless World Cup, a brainchild of Scottish entrepreneur Mel Young, is an annual, international football (soccer) tournament. Currently it is in its sixth year. Some 500 players representing 56 nations participated this year. According to the tournament's official website, the goal of the tournament is to unite "teams of people who are homeless and excluded to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever." For more on the rules, and history, check out: http://www3.homelessworldcup.org/

 

Afghans another step closer to the 2011 Cricket World Cup
- October 25th, 2008

Afghanistan defeated Hong Kong today and got their fifth consecutive win in the World Cricket League Division Four games. Hong Kong is now 4 and 1. The top two finishers of this division will move on to a six-team World Cricket League Division 3 in Argentina in January 2009. After that, the top two teams will join 10 more countries in the United Arab Emirates to play off for four berths in the 2011 World Cup. The World Cup will be jointly hosted by Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. Allah Daad Noori, Afghanistan's Cricket Federation President has been very supportive of the team. After their win over Fiji on October 5th, he called the team to congratulate them and give each player $200 US.

 

Afghan Paralympics team off to Beijing
-August 31, 2008

Afghanistan's five member Paralympics delegation left for China today in order to participate in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics games. The Paralympics are elite sport events for athletes from six different disability groups. The Paralympics are usually held after the Olympics and so this year, it will be from September 6th to September 15th. The Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The official sponsor of this year's Afghan Paralympics delegation is the Alokozay Foundation.

ASF Partners up with National Taekwondo Federation of Afghanistan (NTFA)

In preparation of the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics, NTFA holds its training camp in Korea.
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Women boxers challenge Afghan culture
By Nick Meo

Kabul - Concord resident Tareq Shawl Azim says he always knew he would one day return to his parents' country to make it a better place.
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Afghanistan's football goals
By Chris Wang in Colombo
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Portugal's soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo (R), humanitarian ambassador for UEFA and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Mohammed Kabir, an Afghan landmine victim, pose with ... Read more


Afghanistan's football goals
By Chris Wang in Colombo
cricketing bow
Harez Habib, Afghanistan midfielder, scored both his team's goals in their 2-2 draw with co-hosts Sri Lanka at the 2008 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in Colombo.
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Brave Jersey cannot halt Afghans
BBC News
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Afghanistan won the ICC World Cricket League Division Five final in Jersey - but only after a gallant brave rearguard action from the hosts.
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Afghanistan's cricketers closer to World Cup qualification after Jersey win

Their national team is a champion. The World Cricket League Division 5 won't have registered with fans of the powerhouse Test-playing nations, but to Afghanis the trophy captured on Saturday clears one hurdle on the road to the 2011 World Cup
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Afghan Bowling Classic 2008

      
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Afghan Sports Federation presents
11th Annual Afghan Cup 2008

• Video: 2008 Highlights (click to veiw)
• Video: 2008 Interviews (click to veiw)
• Video: ASF 2007 Part 1 (click to veiw)
• Video: ASF 2007 Part 2 (click to veiw)

Thousands of Afghans from all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Afghanistan gathered at Howison Park in Prince William county and Maryland Soccerplex Stadium of Washington DC metropolitan area to celebrate the Afghan Sports Federation's 11th annual 4th of July sporting and cultural events. ...Read more



• TV Broadcast Commercial 2008 (click to veiw)
• ASF 4th of July Details


  Afghanistan National Amateur Basketball Federation (ANABF)
signed an exclusive agreement with Afghan Sports Federation (ASF) -
May 2007
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1st Place: Afghan United, Bay Area, CA.
2nd Place: Breshna, N.Y.
MVP Player: Tawab Arsala

 
  1st Place: Afghan Ballers, NY.
2nd Place: Ariana, N.Y.
 
 

Men's
1st Place: Bakhtar, CA.
2nd Place: Pamir, VA.
Women's
1st Place: Pink Ladies, VA - DC Area

 
 

Boy's Basketball 1st Place: VA - DC Area
Girl's Soccer 1st Place: N.J.
Boy's Soccer 1st Place: VA - DC Area

   
  WORLD NEWS  
 

Afghan cricket team gets funding from the International Cricket Council
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November 2nd, 2008

Today, as a result of their recent successes, the head of Afghanistan's Cricket Federation, Allah Daad Noori, told the British based news service, Reuters, that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has pledged to give Afghanistan's cricket team between five to six hundred thousand dollars for the coming five years. The ICC is the international governing body for cricket. Afghanistan went undefeated in two World Cup qualifying tournaments this year, the second of which was the ICC World Cricket League Division 4 in Tanzania, where they secured a place in the Division 3 competition in Argentina in January 2009.

 

Rohullah Nikpai Receives Hero Welcome
- August 28, 2008

Rohullah Nikpai, the first Afghan to win a medal in the Olympic games was given a red carpet welcome today (August 28, 2008). Nikpai was greeted at the airport by vice president Karim Khalili. He was then driven from the airport to Afghanistan's national stadium in Kabul where he was greeted by a crowd of 5,000 cheering fans. The crowd chanted slogans such as "Nikpai, the pride of Afghanistan", and "Long live Afghanistan". Vice president Khalili stated that "it is a matter of pride for all of us, for the government and the people of Afghanistan that this war-ravaged country was able to win a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games". The event was even broadcasted on state television. After winning his medal, Nikpai stated: "I hope this medal can be a message of peace in Afghanistan".

Afghanistan's First Olympic Medal - BEIJING 2008



Taekwondo fighter grabs Afghanistan's first Olympic medalBEIJING (AFP) - Rohullah Nikpai hoped his Olympic taekwondo bronze medal would help bring life back to Afghanistan through sports after three decades of conflict. ...Read more

Red Cross work inspires Ronaldo
by Andy Brassell from Neuchatel
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Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was humbled after meeting landmine victim Mohammad Kabir at the national team's base in Neuchatel on Friday. The Afghan lost a leg while playing football in Kabul.
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Afghans ready for cricketing bow
BBC News
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SAfghanistan are set to take to a new sporting stage in Jersey on Friday when they compete in their first-ever international cricket championship.
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Briefs-Afghanistan move closer to 2011 Asian Cup berth

Sat May 10, 2008 7:20am BST
May 10 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world:

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Afghan cricket team aims for world cup glory
Taj Malik has more to worry about than rain stopping play or the wicket his team will have to bat on.
The charismatic coach of the Afghan cricket team has been threatened by a suicide bomber for not picking a particular player, while his brother and one of his star bowlers bear the scars of bullet wounds from years of war.
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Table Tennis: Helping to Break Down Barriers in Afghanistan By Steve Dainton



Representing the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in March, I made a visit to Afghanistan to assist in the rebuilding of sport and, in particular, table tennis. The visit included a table tennis coaching course, training of the national table tennis team and technical assistance to many of the other sporting federations that are once again trying to rebuild from scratch. A large equipment package was donated by Butterfly, a table tennis manufacturer; and with the support of the International Olympic Committee, it was the first sporting visit of its kind for Afghanistan. Read More........


 


 

Omahans help by donating sports equipment to Afghan athletes
BY TIM ELFRINK
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


Omaha soccer coach Karl Ostrand stood on an uneven dirt field inside Afghanistan's Ghazi Stadium in Kabul - the site of public executions under the Taliban. Children play in the stadium where people once were executed. Sports can make a big difference for youths in a war-torn nation, Ostrand said. He found it an "eye-opening trip,". But on this cool January day, watching a team of young Afghans playing soccer on the rough field, Ostrand saw hope for Afghanistan's future.

"It was such a powerful image, because the stadium still looks exactly the same as in the pictures of the Taliban execution fields - except instead of executions, there was the country's under-15 boys team out there practicing," he said. Read More.......

Britain's Prince Harry is Seen Playing Rugby
AP - Sun Mar 2, 2008

In this photo made available Sunday, March 2, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry is seen playing rugby with fellow soldiers during a break in their duties in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2008. Prince Harry's secret tour of duty, due to last until April, was abruptly ended after a magazine and Web sites disclosed details of his whereabouts. Prince Harry, home from his abandoned military mission to Afghanistan, says he hopes to return to combat zones as soon as possible.

 

Afghan Woman Runs Toward Olympics Despite Jeers, Potential Danger
Fox News Channel - World
Sunday, March 16, 2008
KABUL, Afghanistan


The neighborhood boys shout at Mehboba Ahdyar when she leaves home. "Hero, hero! Look at the hero of our country," they yell at Ahdyar, one of Afghanistan's fastest female runners.

But the boys are not saluting a top athlete. Their sarcastic jabs are meant to poke fun at a teenage girl trying to realize Olympic-sized dreams.
Ahdyar, a 19-year-old middle-distance runner, is the only female on Afghanistan's four-member Olympic team.
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In pictures: Afghan Olympians

Massoud Azizi, 20, is one of three Afghan athletes who have been confirmed to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He regularly trains on a hill overlooking the capital, Kabul.

 

Afghanistan's most celebrated runner, Massoud competed in the Athens Olympics in 2004. He will run in the 100m and 200m sprints in Beijing.

 

The gym at Kabul's Olympic stadium helps him to get into shape.

 

Afghan track star Mehbooba Ahadyar, 19, is the only female athlete among the three. She is training at Kabul's Olympic stadium for the 1500m and 3000m events.

 

After a workout, Mehbooba walks home through the back streets of Kabul.



Mehbooba's family is supportive of her career in sports. Here she is (l) with her mother, Mahjan (back), and sisters Masooda (l-centre) and Hameeda (r).

 

Rohullah Nikpah (L), aged 20, is the third Afghan taking part in the Olympics. He practices Tae Kwon Do techniques with his brother Habib, aged 18.

 

Rohullah started doing Tae Kwan Do 10 years ago, and is now a master. He has won many tournaments.



Afghan athlete Massoud Azizi takes a break from training for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is one of three Afghan athletes confirmed to be competing.

 
Britain's Prince Harry kicks a ball in Helmand, Afghanistan - John Stillwell/Pool
Feb. 29, 2008

Britain's Prince Harry kicks a ball at dawn while in the desert in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, February 18, 2008. Prince Harry is being withdrawn from Afghanistan immediately, the Defence Ministry said on February 29, 2008, after news leaked on the Internet that he had been secretly fighting on the front lines for 10 weeks. Photograph taken February 18, 2008.
 
'Beautiful game' offers escape
National Post
Brian Hutchinson
Published: Saturday, February 23, 2008

KANDAHAR CITY, Afghanistan
Violence, poverty and myriad forms of serious crime plague this city, among the world's most dangerous, but there is one means of escape that doesn't involve AK-47s or drugs: the "beautiful game."
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Unbeaten Afghanistan in ACC U-15 Elite Cup semis
KABUL, Nov 29 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Maintaining their unbeaten run, Afghanistan Thursday inflicted a crushing defeat on Kuwait in a match of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-15 Elite Cup in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu. Read More...
 

AP - Sat Nov 3, 8:02 AM ET
Afghan high school girls play chess during a tournament in Herat province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. The 10 day School Girl's chess tournament is the first for the teenage girls of Herat province since the collapse of the Taliban. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)

 

AP - Fri Nov 2, 11:22 AM ET
Afghan horse riders fight for a headless goat during a game of 'buzkashi' in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. Invented more than 2,000 years ago, and considered a national sport in Afghanistan, buzkashi resembles rodeo, polo, football and wrestling. Horsemen from two teams use hand-to-hand combat to fight for control of the goat carcass, which they then race to a separate scoring area. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

 

Afghanistan, Oman share ACC Twenty20 Cup
KABUL, Nov 2 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan and Oman Friday shared the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Twenty20 Cup as a wildly enthusiastic crowd streamed into the ground just before the last delivery of a keenly contested final - a real photo-finish - was to be thrown in by the Afghan skipper. Read More...

 
Afghanistan, Oman share ACC Twenty20 Cup
KABUL, Nov 2 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan and Oman Friday shared the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Twenty20 Cup as a wildly enthusiastic crowd streamed into the ground just before the last delivery of a keenly contested final - a real photo-finish - was to be thrown in by the Afghan skipper. Read More...
 

Classic golf competition at the Kabul Golf Course
AFP - Fri Oct 19, 11:03 PM ET
Afghan caddies (L) watch as a foreign competitor tees off during the Kabul Desert Classic golf competition at the Kabul Golf Course(AFP/Massoud Hossaini)

 

Afghan boys play volleyball
Reuters - Thu Oct 18, 10:05 AM ET
Afghan boys play volleyball on the outskirts of Kabul, October 18, 2007. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN)

 

 
Afghanistan stun defending champions WAPDA
ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan trounced defending champions Pakistan WAPDA 4-2 on penalty kicks in the first quarter final of the 3rd National Women's Football Championship at the Jinnah Stadium here on Tuesday. Balochistan defeated hosts Islamabad 3-1 in the second quarter-final at the same venue. Read More...
 

Afghanistan's women football-AFP - Wed Aug 22, 11:08 PM ET

Afghanistan's women football team players carry their national flag as they celebrate defeating Pakistan's Baluchistan National Women football team in the semi-final match of Pakistan's National Women Football Championship, at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, 22 August.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

 

AFP - Wed Aug 22, 11:08 PM ET
Afghanistan's women football team captain Shamila Kohistani (R) fights for the ball with a player of Pakistan's Baluchistan National Women football team in the semi-final match of Pakistan's National Women Football Championship, at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, 22 August.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

Afghan junior squad to contest ACC U-19 Cup

KABUL, July 30 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistans junior cricket squad will participate in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) U-19 Elite Cup to be played in Malaysia next month, an official said on Monday.

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Sajid powers Afghanistan into ACC U-19 Cup final


KABUL, Aug 27 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan continued their unbeaten run, trouncing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the semi-second final played at the Kinrara Oval Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

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AFP - Wed Aug 22, 11:08 PM ET
Afghanistan's women football team player Roya (R) vies for the ball with a player of Pakistan's Baluchistan National Women football team (R) in the semi-final match of Pakistan's National Women Football Championship, at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, 22 August.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

 

Afghanistan U-19 beat Qatar by 44 runs
KABUL, Aug 21 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan U-19 gained its second consecutive victory in the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup 2007 cricket tournament in Malasia on Tuesday. Read More...

 

National cricket team to leave for Pakistan tomorrow
KABUL, Aug 20 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The National cricket team will leave for Pakistan on Tuesday to participate in the Grade-B cricket tournament there.
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KABUL, Aug 20 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team defeated Malaysia by four wickets in their first match of the ACC U-19 Elite Cup 2007 tournament on Monday.
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Soccer tournament to mark I-Day celebrations
KANDAHAR CITY, Aug 16 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Two teams from the southern Kandahar province have qualified for the inter-provincial soccer tournament organised in connection with the Independence Day celebrations of the country. Read More...

AFP - Wed Aug 22, 11:08 PM ET
Afghanistan's women football team captain Shamila Kohistani (R) fights for the ball with a player of Pakistan's Baluchistan National Women football team in the semi-final match of Pakistan's National Women Football Championship, at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, 22 August.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

 

AFP - Wed Aug 22, 11:08 PM ET
Afghanistan's women football team player Roya (R) vies for the ball with a player of Pakistan's Baluchistan National Women football team (R) in the semi-final match of Pakistan's National Women Football Championship, at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, 22 August.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

 

Afghanistan U-19 beat Qatar by 44 runs
KABUL, Aug 21 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan U-19 gained its second consecutive victory in the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup 2007 cricket tournament in Malasia on Tuesday. Read More...

 

National cricket team to leave for Pakistan tomorrow
KABUL, Aug 20 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The National cricket team will leave for Pakistan on Tuesday to participate in the Grade-B cricket tournament there.
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KABUL, Aug 20 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team defeated Malaysia by four wickets in their first match of the ACC U-19 Elite Cup 2007 tournament on Monday.
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Soccer tournament to mark I-Day celebrations

KANDAHAR CITY, Aug 16 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Two teams from the southern Kandahar province have qualified for the inter-provincial soccer tournament organised in connection with the Independence Day celebrations of the country. Read More...

   

Sajid powers Afghanistan into ACC U-19 Cup final


KABUL, Aug 27 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan continued their unbeaten run, trouncing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the semi-second final played at the Kinrara Oval Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

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Mega Afghan sports meet outside S. Asia from tomorrow
NEW YORK, July 4 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The largest-every Afghan sports meet outside of the war-hit country begins in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area from tomorrow.

(NEW)
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Afghan junior squad to contest ACC U-19 Cup

KABUL, July 30 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistans junior cricket squad will participate in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) U-19 Elite Cup to be played in Malaysia next month, an official said on Monday.

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Hamid Hassan became the first Afghan cricketer to turn out for the MCC at Lord's on Thursday.

As a young but fast-improving cricket nation, Afghanistan are striving to put their massive domestic problems to one side and become a force among the elite.

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Trials for women volleyball squad begin in Kabul
KABUL, June 5 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Week-long trials for the selection of Afghanistans women volleyball squad got under way in this capital city Tuesday morning, an official said.

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Afghanistan National Amateur Basketball Federation (ANABF)
signed an exclusive agreement with Afghan Sports Federation (ASF) -
May 2007

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Stadium with sports facilities for soldiers built in Kandahar

KANDAHAR CITY, May 29 (Pajhwok Afghan News):
The 205 Army Corps has built a sprawling stadium for soldiers in this southern city, where sports and workouts remain a favourite pastime for many despite endemic militant-linked violence.

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Hamta trounce Mashal in girls football match

KABUL, May 28 (Pajhwok Afghan News):
Hamta Club trounced Mashal 3-0 in an utterly one-sided match of the Girls Football Tournament played in Kabul on Monday.

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Afghan taekwondoists leave for Beijing tomorrow

KABUL, May 13 (Pajhwok Afghan News):

For the first time ever, a seven-member Afghan team will leave for China tomorrow (Monday) to participate in the 17th edition of the World Taekwando Championship.
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10 Afghan Cricketers to be Coached Abroad

KABUL, May 29 (Pajhwok Afghan News):

Ten players of the Afghanistan cricket team - eyeing a debut in the 2011 World Cup - will receive advanced and elaborate coaching in the departments of batting, bowling and fielding in England and India.
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Teams playing in the Panjshir Valley
May 2007
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KABUL, May 10 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Logar won the final of the six-team Peace Cricket Tournament defeating Khost by 85 runs on Wednesday.

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Winter/Spring 2007 Afghan Basketball League comes to an end -

Washington D.C., April 21 - The first Afghan Basketball League season, outside of Afghanistan, comes to a conclusion with Tha City defeating Afghan Legends in a convincing fashion. Both teams played hard, but Yusuf Ansari of Tha City (Game MVP) scored 22 points and 6 assists, helping Tha City pull off the victory. Haris Samirzay was awarded the league MVP for Winter/Spring 2007 season. As per Kamran Lutfi, the AFL Commissioner, "it was a great season and a good step in advancing Afghan basketball to new heights...".
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Inter-district cricket tournament started in Paktia

GARDEZ, Apr 13
(Pajhwok Afghan News):
Daulatzai cricket team defeated Rabat by 100 runs in the inaugural match of the inter-district cricket tournament started in this provincial capital of the southeastern Paktia province on Friday. Teams from all the 13 districts of the province are taking part in the tournament, organised to mark the beginning of the spring season.

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Afghanistan Ladies team to train at Female Badminton Academy

Written by pub
Thursday, 12 April 2007
ISLAMABAD, Apr 12 (APP):
The ladies badminton team of Afghanistan will play training matches here at PakistanR17;s first-ever Female Badminton Academy. This was stated Thursday by Saima Batool who is Incharge-cum-Chief Coach of Reposeb Ladies Badminton Club and Academy.

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Raju Gopalakrishnan

KABUL
12-Apr-07

A MAN living in a graveyard in a rubbish-strewn, rundown Kabul district is the unlikely hero behind the scenes of one of Hollywood's most eagerly anticipated movies this year. Noor Agha is widely acknowledged as the best kite-maker in Afghanistan, where flying and duelling with kites is the closest thing the war-torn country has to a national sport
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Reuters - Wed Mar 7, 10:08 AM ET

Boys play volleyball on the outskirts of Kabul March 7, 2007. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN)
 
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Reuters - Wed Mar 7, 10:03 AM ET

Men play volleyball on the outskirts of Kabul March 7, 2007. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood (AFGHANISTAN)

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AP - Sat Mar 3, 8:01 PM ET
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Afghan horsemen play Buzkashi game in Kabul, Friday, March 2, 2007. Buzkashi, literally translated as 'goat grabbing' is Afghanistan's traditional and national sport. In Buzkashi, a carcass of goat is placed in the center of a circle and surrounded by the players from two opposing teams. The object of the game is to get control of the carcass and bring it to the scoring area. (AP Photo/Xinhua,Zabi Tamanna)
   
 

Tora Bora defeats Moosh in Virginia Tournament

 NEW YORK, Mar 7 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Tora Bora defeated Mush Mush! Not in a war at a bowling tournament.

At the sixth edition of the annual Afghan Bowling Tournament this past weekend in the US, team Tora Bora defeated team Moosh 760 to 690 points.

Organized by the Afghan Sports Federation, as many as 18 teams participated in the daylong event, which was attended by sports-loving Afghans from Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC area.

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Reuters - Sun Feb 18, 8:55 AM ET

Afghan boys play football on the snow in front of a damaged palace in Kabul February 18, 2007. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN)

 
Vietnam beat Afghanistan 2-0 in Olympic soccer qualifier

Hosts Vietnam defeated inexperienced Afghanistan 2-0 in an Olympic qualifying match in Vietnam's northern Nam Dinh province on Wednesday.Vietnamese striker Phuc Hiep scored the opening goal with a left-foot volley from close range in the 34th minute.

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Vietnam-Afghanistan Olympic qualifier rescheduled for next week

The delayed Olympic qualifier between host Vietnam and Afghanistan will be re-organized next Wednesday, after FIFA justified force majeure had caused the latter to miss the game yesterday.

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ASF organize basketball tournament for Afghans

NEW YORK, Feb 10 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Tha City basketball team of Afghan expatriates defeated the Shake & Bake by 57-32 in the first match of the basketball tournament organised by the US-based Afghan Sports Federation (ASF).

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Afghanistan Monday withdrew from the 2008 Olympic qualifiers’ football match scheduled for Wednesday in Vietnam, thus the host team is to be ruled victorious, announced the Vietnam Football Federation.

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AP - Wed Feb 7, 9:10 AM ET
Afghan boys play soccer in front of the former King of Afghanistan Darul Aman's palace, destroyed during the civil war, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

 



Five Afghan athletes to receive special diplomas
Friday, January 05, 2007
Source: Pajhwok Afghan News

KABUAL - Five Afghan athletes who participated in the 15th Asian Games held in Qatar would be awarded with Asian competition diplomas. The 15th Asian games were held from December 1 to December 15, 2006 with participation of athletes from 45 countries, including 50 Afghans.
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Afghanistan Olympic qualifier off
6:45 a.m. EST, February 5, 2007
BANGKOK, Thailand -- The return leg of an Olympic soccer qualifying match between Vietnam and Afghanistan has been cancelled because of security fears in the Afghan capital Kabul, the Asian Football Confederation said on Monday.

The two teams were scheduled to play the first leg of their Asian Olympic preliminary round qualifier in Vietnam on Wednesday and this will now be the only encounter in this preliminary round tie.

Vietnam coach Alfred Riedl confirmed that his team would not have to travel to Afghanistan.

"The AFC said there was a security problem and we did not need to go there.

"We heard Bangkok would stage the match but then they decided against it so that is much better for us,"


Tuesday January 9, 03:19 PM
Two British servicemen jog past a Chinook helicopter, at the camp Bastion, in Southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007.


  

 

AP - Tue Jan 9, 10:51 AM ET

Soldiers of 59 Commandos Royal Engineering, 3rd Brigade of United Kingdom Task force perform exercise by carrying fellow soldiers as part of fitness exercises at camp Bastion, in Southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. The camp Bastion which is the middle of the Afghanistan desert, houses some 3500 British servicemen and provides logistical support to all the troops for their various operations in Southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Troops hit for six in cricket match against Afghanistan

LONDON (AFP) - England getting clobbered in Australia might be understandable, but there will be no special mentions in dispatches for those Royal Marines in        Afghanistan who were likewise stuffed by the locals at cricket.

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British Royal Air force soldiers play cricket, at the camp Bastion, in Southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan.
   

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Eleven-year-old Afghan runner, Narges Kakar, is the youngest competitor at the South Asian Federation Games in Islamabad. Day in Pictures Kalloni, Greece — Five young athletes from Afghanistan have set out on an adventure. Afghan athletes beat longest odds. With no money and little time to train, they make it to Athens for the Summer Games.
 
Afghanistan National Olympic Committee is seeking qualified athletes of Afghan Origin to represent Afghanistan in the 2004 Olympics in Athens . If you or someone you know is qualified to compete on the world athletics stage on behalf of our beloved country... Read More

Athens, Greece - Afghanistan's Nina Suratger (2ndL) holds the Afghanistan national flag in front of members of the national team during the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games August 13, 2004.
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