Takhar sportswomen face negative propaganda
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): A number of sportswomen in northeastern Takhar province say some people have waged a negative propaganda against them in order to force them into leaving sports.
Female volleyball team captain in Taloqan, the provincial capital, Nazifa Sharifi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that some so-called religious scholars had launched a propaganda campaign against women’s sports to encourage people to prevent females from indulging in healthy activities.
Without going into details, she said if the government did not support sportswomen, they would be left with no option but to quit.
“There was a female karate team at the Women’s Affairs Department, some girls had reached the second belt position, but they had to shun the game. There are various groups that threaten girls to stay away from sports, they call sports a shame and the government does not support us.”
Despite these problems, she said, there were 42 female volleyball fans who received an organized training.
Similarly, another sportswomen, Nasima, told Pajhwok Afghan News that due to the negative propaganda, families were reluctant to allow their daughters to joint sports.
“Here we lack standard facilities and secure playgrounds for females. Some people do negative propaganda that worries families about their daughters. We want solution to this problem.”
Takhar Olympic committee official Naqibullah Jalili acknowledged problems being faced by sportswomen but said most women lacked interest in sports.
He said they had made a lot of efforts to convince girls to join sports, but had achieved little success and many girl teams had vanished due to a lack of interest by females in sports.
“We made girls teams of karate, badminton, volleyball and others, but these teams survived for some time and then disappeared. Lack of facilities and threats do exist in Takhar but such issues are comparatively lesser than in other provinces.”
He said they were launching best player competition among girls in near future.
About two years ago, sports clubs were officially inaugurated in Takhar province for girls and currently about 80 girls are engaged in various games.
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