Having no facilities, female athletes under threat in Jawzjan
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): A number of female athletes in northwestern Jawzjan province complain of being threatened for playing alongside men. But they say lack of playgrounds for females was the main problem facing them.
Sumaira Hajizada, who has been playing football for the past six months, told Pajhwok Afghan News they were facing immense problems due to the lack of exclusive playgrounds for girls and women in the province.
“We have to play and exercise together with sportsmen at the newly inaugurated sports stadium, but some people have been threatening us for and some others looking disgustingly at us on our way our home,” she alleged.
Kareshma, another athlete, grumbled she did not feel safe playing games, as some individuals hurled warnings at her.“We are also short of equipmentand facilities -- a hurdle to sportswomen,” she continued.
A separate gymnasium was needed to be built for resolving the problems haunting women players, Kareshma said, urging the authorities concerned to focus on facilitating sportswomen.
Her colleagueRoya said their families would encourage them to play games if separate playgrounds were built for female players.“Families prevent their daughters and sisters playing games with males,” she argued.
Director of Sports Mohammad Seddiq Faiz, meanwhile, confirmed female athletes’ harassment in the past. “But we resolved the issue after being informed of the situation.Elements opposed to entertainment and development create problems for women.”
He said security organs were cooperating with his department in preventing people from creating problems for female athletes.
Sonia Samimi, head of female athletes in Jawzjan said some families did not allow their daughters and sisters to play sports due to insecurity.According to Sports Department, around 200 schoolgirls in Jawzjan are playing different games.
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