WSA trying to encourage Jawzjan sportswomen
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The Women Sports Association (WSA), the first of its kind supporting sportswomen in northern Jawzjan province, on Sunday said girls’ participation in sports remained weak and needed to be increased.
Currently 40 schoolgirls and other women, who play football, volleyball, run race, cycle race and ping pang, are members of the newly-created association.
The aim of WSA is to encourage women to take part in sports and improve their talent in the area.
A member of WSA, Mashal Hashimi, said though they faced cultural problems in creating the association, they would try to improve women’s participation in sports.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News martial arts would be also added to the games in the future.
“Some people still try to prevent women from sports, while sports makes mothers healthy who give birth to healthy children,” Hashimi said, adding that girls’ and women’s participation in sports had been very weak, but vowed to promote their role in future.
Girl members of the WSA said the association was a good platform to promote their tendency towards sports.
One of the athletes, Zulya Samimi, said she had always watched teams playing games in other provinces but not in Jawzjan. “I asked my teachers to create sports teams because sport is vital for humans’ health,” she added.
She accused some families of not allowing their daughters to indulge in sports and said girls could also win awards like boys in games.
“We are hopeful about this association and security organs have also promised us to protect our environment,” Samimi said.
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