Takhar playgrounds converted into military helipads
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Playgrounds in northern Takhar province have literally been converted into military helipads, palpably dejected sportsmen complained on Monday.
Over the past one year, playgrounds in Taloqan had become landing strips for helicopters, a footballer from the provincial capital, Saboor Khan Darmal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“There were two sports facilities in Taloqan -- the municipality and Abu Osman High School, grounds, but both have been turned into heliports,” he remarked, saying each landing forced players out of the ground.
“We can’t use the Abu Osman School ground because the military choppers land there almost on a daily basis,” confirmed another soccer player, Ahmad Jamshed.
He called for the construction of suitable landing strips for aircraftto let sportspeople make use of the two playgrounds in the provincial capital.
A resident of the city, Najmuddin Bawar, confirmed players and spectators abandoned the ground at the landing time when dust blanketed the entire locality.
The government should not create problems for sportspeople; it should order pilots to land at the airports instead of the ground, he suggested.
In addition to creating problems for players, the helicopters also damaged the lawn, Olympic Department Director NaqibullahJalili alleged. They had already shared the issue with relevant officials, who might take steps to resolve the issue, he said.
Sunatullah Timor, the governor’s spokesman, said they had been trying to find a solution to the problem. Helicopters land at the playground three to four times a month, bringing guests or transferring casualties to the province.
The governmenthad been trying to maintain security around the Sarai Sang airport, whose rehabilitation would address the problem, the gubernatorial spokesman concluded.
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