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30 Oct 2003
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Historic days for Afghan athletics

For the first time in history, the Afghan Athletics Federation has been able to hold national championships. Funded by the International Olympic Committee, male athletes from different parts of the country were, for the first time ever, able to meet at the stadium in Kabul to compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Little time for training
Although training has been difficult in times of war, the President of the Afghan Athletics Federation, Mr Jon Alem, was pleased by the results. He said that, taking into consideration that most of the athletes had little time for training and were in need of equipment, he was pleased with the level of the athletes.

Good turnout
Ten of Afghanistan's 32 provinces participated in the event, which is considered a good turnout in a country where communicating with the regional federations can be very difficult.

Female event to follow
A similar event for female athletes is planned, but the exact date has not yet been set, as the NOC is still waiting for permission to go ahead with the event. It is most likely that the female 100m runner who captured the attention of the world at the World Championships in Paris will again compete in this event, in order to qualify for the Olympic Games.

For more information, please contact Susanne Blomqvist at the Afghan NOC, tel.: + 93 7931 8677 or e-mail:
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