For the last 4 decades, the Afghan nation has been suffering from devastating war. The Afghan youth have lived their entire lives in conflict. Sport, if accessible gives the youth from Afghanistan hope and reprieve and muaythai is an extremely popular sport in Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Muaythai Federation (AMF) under presidency of Mr. Amir Hussain Hussaini is fully recognised by the National Olympic Committee and Sports Ministry. The federation stands firm in the fight against any form of discrimination against women and in 2016 the AMF was awarded a special award to celebrate their initiatives towards Gender Equality, the award was presented by the representative of UNWomen.
This year once again, the AMF celebrated International Women’s Day with a special female championship in Kabul which was live televised on the national television with distinguished guests representing the National Olympic Committee and the Sports Ministry.
The best athletes of Afghanistan competed in six weight categories. Ms. Rahima Rustami stood first against Ms. Malika Akbari, Ms. Arezo Hossainzada won against Ms. Maheen Rezaee, Ms. Shakiba Haidari defeated Ms. Khatera Yaqoobi, Ms. Shabnam Hossainzada won the first place against Ms. Khadija Mohammadi, Ms. Arezo Khodadadi stopped Ms. Hanifa Roshan and Ms. Hafiza Bahamni won the hard-fought bout against Ms. Soosan Hussaini.
Mr. Amir Hussain Hussaini, Founder and President of the AMF delivered his speech in celebration of Women’s Day in which he emphasised the federation’s continuing efforts in the development of women’s participation and representation. He encouraged all athletes to continue their education and training as active members of society and urged all to play their role in building a future of gender parity.
IFMA once again would like to congratulate our Afghanistan member federation where male and female stand side by side for inclusion, non-discrimination and gender equality.