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Athletes gather in Kabul to demand NOC head removal

Athletes gather in Kabul to demand NOC head removal

Jan 28, 2019 - 17:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A number of athletes on Monday demanded removal of the National Olympic Committee head for what they alleged ‘poor management’ and ‘discriminatory behavior.’

On the other hand, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Cycling Federation (ACF) head says he is yet to get permission to work as the federation head after his election to the post during a ballot.

Around 35 athletes associated with cycle racing, gymnastic, mountaineering, swimming and other games on Monday gathered in front of the National Olympic Committee in Kabul, asking for removal of parallel organizations to the committee.

Mohammad Hussain Amiri, who was elected as head of ACF six months ago, accused Hafizullah Wali Rahimi, head of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), of discrimination against athletes and said: “Rahimi is a weak manager who has been unable to implement the president’s order in an area just two hundred meters away from the presidential palace.”

He said he had been elected as head of the ACF but Rahimi was unable to introduce a number of winning candidates including him to their positions in six months.

Amiri said despite losing in the election, the former ACF head continued in office. “In most sportsinfo-icon programs, they send their own people based relationships instead of sending athletes,” he said.

He said parallel organizations existed in the NOC and the president’s order for elections and removal of parallel organizations remained unimplemented.

Kanishka Naseri, a sportsman who attended the gathering, claimed the NOC had illegally cut financial and intellectual privileges of sports federations.

He also accused Rahimi of meddling in federations and said the NOC head used to send his relatives and family members abroad through programs meant for encouraging athletes.

A number of other athletes had similar complaints.

However, Hafizullah Wali Rahimi said that elections had been conducted in most of the federations and parallel organizations removed.

About today’s gathering of the athletes, he said sports disciplines of the federations should be determined by international federations so they could receive privileges and resources according to the law.

He said international federations’ officials had visited Kabul and watched the election process of Afghanistan sports federations. The problems of these federations would be solved based on views from foreign sports experts, he said.

About foreign trips, he said, “We had two foreign trips recently but they were not sports based, only girls who should know English could travel on those trips, the NOC chose 12 athletes for foreign trips and we never meddle in such trips.”


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