Afghanistan women’s volleyball head fumes over training at Hangzhou

Micah Drews


Despite the quality of training facilities at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, Afghanistan’s women’s volleyball squad is unable to prepare properly for the games. Khushal Malakszai has spoken out in anger.

There are concerns that the women’s team will be unable to perform well because it is the first time Afghanistan has sent a team to the continental event.

It has been a week since Malakzai arrived in China, and the team has not practiced on the court.

 “We haven’t been able to train yet,” he said, according to Reuters.

” They need to train with the ball.

When they have all these facilities, I don’t understand why they can’t have training for an hour or two.

Afghanistan women's volleyball

It’s like starting from scratch if they don’t train on the court.”

In Hangzhou 2022, Afghanistan is in Pool D with Japan, Kazakhstan, and Hong Kong for the women’s volleyball competition, which begins on Saturday (September 30). 

A single training session was allocated two days before the first match, and fixtures were scheduled for Hangzhou Normal University’s Cangqian Gymnasium and Deqing Sports Centre Gymnasium.

It differs from the usual practice environment where teams practice multiple times, often daily, prior to a competition.

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The Taliban’s ban on women’s participation in sports in Afghanistan is causing a huge decline in female sports.

The 17 Afghan female athletes traveled separately from the male competitors to the Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach was contacted by Afghan sprinter Kimia Yousofi asking for more assistance from the organization.

Kimia Yousofi

It is Kimia Yousofi’s request to Thomas Bach and the IOC to increase their support for women’s sport in Afghanistan.

As she spoke to the German official, she asked him not to leave her alone.

The Afghan people need your help. 

“We don’t want to go back to the way things were.”

Despite Bach’s understanding, he couldn’t make any promises to Afghanistan’s women’s sporting movement.

Those comments hit home with me, and with all your competitors, as you can see,” Bach said.

The issue you raise is very difficult, and I would appreciate any advice you can offer.

“We fully agree that women and girls should have the right to participate in sport and live their lives freely in Afghanistan.”

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About Micah Drews

After playing volleyball at an international level for several years, I now work out and write for Volleyball Blaze. Creating unique and insightful perspectives through my experience and knowledge is one of my top priorities.

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