New Delhi: In a sequence of bulletins made since Taliban took over, Afghanistan’s new sports activities chief mentioned on Tuesday that 400 sports activities can be allowed within the nation, however it’s not clear if girls can take part and play. Whereas responding to the difficulty of girls participation, Bashir Ahmad Rustamzai informed AFP , “Please do not ask extra questions on girls”.
With a bushy black and white beard, Rustamzai was responding from the place Afghanistan’s Olympic Committee president was final addressing media till he fled the nation final month. Rustamzai, who’s a former kung fu and wrestling champion, took over the put up of Afghanistan’s director-general for sports activities and bodily training.
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He additionally held the put up of wrestling federation chief in earlier Taliban regime. He had labored with the Western-backed authorities, however left the place after falling out with them due to “their widespread corruption,” in line with AFP.
Wearing a black turban typical of the Taliban, Rustamzai mentioned, “We won’t ban any sport, except it doesn’t adjust to sharia legislation… there are 400 kind of sports activities allowed.”
Rustamzai additionally dodged questions on the difficulty of girls’s sports activities. Sports activities stadiums had been often used for public executions. He additionally added that following Islamic legislation would imply little change in observe in comparison with different international locations.
“It would not change a lot,” he mentioned, noting it will require, for instance, soccer gamers or Muay Thai boxers to put on “shorts a bit longer, which fall beneath the knee”.
Whereas probing additional on girls’s participation, he mentioned he was nonetheless awaiting decrees from the highest Taliban management. Final week, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural fee, Ahmadullah Wasiq, mentioned that it was “not obligatory” for girls to play sport.