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Afghanistan wins 18 medals in South Asian games

Afghanistan wins 18 medals in South Asian games

Feb 14, 2016 - 15:52

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan athletes have won 18 medals including, including three gold, in the 12th South Asian Games underway in India, an official said on Sunday.

Eight countries namely Afghanistaninfo-icon, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistaninfo-icon and Sri Lanka are participating in the multi-sportinfo-icon event being played in Guwahati city of India.

Around 200 Afghan athletes of different games showed their skills and won 18 medals for Afghanistan including three gold medals in hug, taekwondo and Wushu competitions.

Two times Afghan Olympic medalist, Rohullah Nikpai, won two gold medals by beating his Pakistani and Indian rivals.

Khairullah Lalzada, another Afghan athlete, also won one gold medal in Wushu game.

According to the official website of South Asian Games 2016, in addition to three gold medals, Afghanistan also won four silver and 11 bronze medals in the games.

Sportsinfo-icon expert Sayed Hadi Kazimi appreciated the achievements of Afghan athletes and said Afghanistan was currently in the sixth position of the competitions.

He said Afghan athletes would play taekwondo game today and hoped Afghanistan would win more gold and silver medals.

The South Asian Games were first hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in the year 1984. Except for few occasions, the event is taking place every alternate year. This mega multi-national sports event is held among the athletes of the South Asian countries in various locations across the region.


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