2009 Afghan Sports News Archives

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Reports filed by Abdullah Qazi

December 15, 2009: Afghanistan to play against the United States in Cricket

The ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers will take place next year in the United Arab Emirates from February 9 -13.  Both the United States of America and Afghanistan were grouped in Group A and are scheduled to play against each other on February 11, 2010. Other teams in Group A include Scotland and Ireland.  Overall in the event, there will be a total of 17 matches, and they will be split over five days. Six games will be played in Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, and 11 games will be played in Dubai Sports City. The Super Four matches and final will also be played in Dubai.

September 28, 2009: Afghanistan will participate in the Kyokushin Karate World Tournament

For the first time ever, an Afghan team will participate in the All Kyokushin Karate World Tournament which will be held from October 2nd to the 4th in Budapest, Hungary.

The Afghan national team will leave tomorrow, and will be represented by 3 fighters in two weight classes.  Ghulam Mahboub Rahimi will participate in the 70kg weight division, and Mohammad Qahar Azadani and Ahmad Sha Afzali will compete in the 80kg division.  58 countries, 20 other Kyokushin organizations, and 461 competitors in 9 divisions will participate in this year's tournament. 

Many believe that this will be the biggest Kyokushin tournament in history. For more information on Afghanistan's team, visit the official site at: www.kyokushinkan.af.

July 20, 2009: Afghan climbers conquer Afghanistan's highest peak

Two mountaineers (Malang Jan Darya and Amruddin Sanjar) made history on Sunday by becoming the first Afghans to successfully climb Afghanistan's highest peak.  The two men planted Afghanistan's flag on the top of the 7,492-metre (24,580-foot) Mount Noshaq. They had started their expedition on June 26; before that, they spent nearly a month training in the French Alps. Both Malang Jan Darya and Amruddin Sanjar live in the valley that leads to Mount Noshaq. Noshaq was first conquered by Japanese climbers in 1960. Noshaq is the second highest peak of the Hindu Kush after Tirich Mir in Pakistan, and the 52nd highest peak in the world.

For more info, check out the Noshaq expedition website at: http://www.noshaq.com/

July 8, 2009: Afghanistan Water Polo Team's Tentative U.S. Schedule

Jeremy B. Piasecki, the coach of the Afghanistan Water Polo team announced this week that the team now has a tentative schedule for their visit to the United States. Most of their time will be spent in California, however, they will also spend most of November in Denver, Colorado. The complete tentative schedule is as follows:

Vista, CA

Denver, CO

Coronado, CA

Commerce, CA

Southern California

Vista, CA

Video Dedicated To The Team

June 2, 2009: Mr. Afghanistan 2009 Title

The annual national bodybuilding competition was held today at the Cinema Hall in the Shar-e-now district of Kabul. Hundreds of Afghan bodybuilders from across Afghanistan competed to win the Mr. Afghanistan 2009 title. According to officials, all athletes are tested for illegal steroids and synthetic hormones.

The winner of this year's title went to Helmand province's Shukrullah Shakili. The event was organized by Afghanistan's national Olympic committee.

June 2, 2009: About Not Supporting Afghan Cricket Because of Pakistan

In the world of Afghan sports today, there are two main things that the people of Afghanistan can be really proud of, one is Rohullah Nikpai finally winning a medal for Afghanistan in the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the other is the wonderful success of the cricket team. This year the Afghan cricket team achieved ODI (One-Day International) status when they finished in the top six of the 2011 World Cup qualifying event, and soon they will attempt to qualify for the 2010 World Twenty20 championships. In order to further the sport of cricket in Afghanistan, the government has even agreed to the creation of a national cricket board. One would think every Afghan would be happy with the success of the cricket team, sadly, that is not the case. Click here to read full article.

May 20, 2009: Afghan cricket team will attempt to qualify for the World Twenty20 and the water polo team is ready for USA trip

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Afghanistan's cricket team will attempt to qualify for the 2010 World Twenty20 championships in October of this year in the United Arab Emirates.  They will be joined by teams from the United States, Ireland, Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. After this competition, the top two teams will then go on to compete against the 10 ICC Full Members in next year's main event.  The event is scheduled to take place in the West Indies (Barbados, Guyana, and St. Lucia) in April and May.

In other Afghan sports news, Jeremy Piasecki, the coach of Afghanistan's water polo team told California's North County Times that his team is ready to come to the United States to train and compete against various opponents in preparation for the next Olympics try outs. The coach also told the North County Times that he is looking for donations to help support the team, as well as a place for the athletes to stay while in the United States.  To help, please visit www.afghanistanwaterpolo.com or call 760-451-1783.

April 19, 2009: Good news and bad news for Afghan cricket team

Afghanistan beat Scotland today (by 5 wickets, with 22 balls remaining) for the second time, and on Friday they beat Namibia and earned ODI (One-Day International) status for the next four years.  Sadly, however, because of four previous losses, they end the World Cup Qualifiers Super Eight in fifth place and will not go on to play in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Ireland, Canada, Kenya and Netherlands however will proceed.  Despite not being able to make it to the 2011 World Cup, the Afghan team is still optimistic about the future of cricket in Afghanistan and now look forward to future competitions.

April 5, 2009: Afghan cricket team down but not out

The Afghan cricket lost on Saturday to Kenya after beating Denmark and Bermuda in the 2011 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The Kenyan team beat Afghanistan by 107 runs. Luckily for the team, this loss does not mean they are completely out the competition.  Next week, they will face off against the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates. This is the second bad news for the Afghan team.  Last week, they were told Rafatullah Mohmand was not allowed to play for the Afghan team.  According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), a player must play domestically for a country for at least 4 years, before he can represent internationally.  Previously, Mohmand, although an Afghan, had played for the Pakistani team.

March 17, 2009: Afghan team ready for World Cup

The Afghan cricket team concluded training in Pakistan today, and seemed determined more than ever to qualify for the 2011 Cricket Word Cup. Coach Kabir Khan told the French news agency, AFP: “We have progressed by leaps and bounds and if we play to our potential we can qualify for the World Cup". In April, they will participate in the World Cup qualifying tournament in South Africa. Two groups of countries will play against one another and the top four teams will qualify for the 2011 World Cup. The first team they will play against is Denmark on April 1st.

February 1, 2009: One step closer for Afghanistan's cricket team

Afghanistan's cricket team defeated the Cayman Islands on Saturday by 82 runs and finished at the top of the World Cricket League Division Three. They have now successfully achieved their place in April's qualifying event for the 2011 World Cup. On Sunday, the International Cricket Council's chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, applauded Afghanistan's victories.

January 25, 2009: Afghanistan wins over Hong Kong after losing to Uganda

The Afghan cricket team lost to the Ugandans on the opening day of the World Cricket League Division 3 on Saturday, however, on Sunday they came back and defeated Hong Kong. Afghanistan won by 13 runs.  Hong Kong lost twice to Afghanistan in Tanzania during the Division Four games. 


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