December 15, 2009: Afghanistan to play against
the United States in Cricket
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
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
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
Many believe that this will be the biggest Kyokushin tournament in history.
For more information on Afghanistan's team, visit the official site at:
July 20, 2009: Afghan climbers conquer
Afghanistan's highest peak
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.
July 8, 2009: Afghanistan Water Polo Team's Tentative
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:
Video Dedicated To The Team
June 2, 2009: Mr. Afghanistan 2009 Title
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.