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    Trials for women's powerlifting team begin

    KABUL (PAN): Aimed at selection of the national team, the first-ever women's powerlifting trials got under way in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Monday, officials said.

    More than 60 athletes from Kabul, Daikundi, Herat, and Balkh provinces are participating in the two-day powerlifting trials being held in the National Olympic Committee hall. 

    Two dozen athletes in 43 and 84 kilogram weight categories would be picked for the national team at the end of the trials, the Powerlifting Federation head told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Six of the 24 athletes would take part in the Asian Powerlifting Championship in July 2012 in Kazakhstan, Khwaja Farid Ahmad Siddiqui said.

    Sitara Ghulam Hussaini, a powerlifter for eight years, said she had joined the sport of her own volition. She said making her way to the team would be an honour for her.

    Siddiqui was optimistic the athletes would earn the country laurels in the Asian Powerlifting Championship.