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Sport in Afghanistan

The two most popular sports of Afghanistan are cricket and football. This is not so much a surprise since they have a lot of open areas that are conducive to such sports. But the traditional sport of the Afghan people is what is called Buzkashi. If you have watched Rambo, you would have seen him playing buzkashi with the Afghan fighters. It is played by horse-mounted men who attempt get a goat carcass to a goal. Some games recorded can take up to days to finish.

Buzkashi competition in AfghanistanBuzkashi competition in Afghanistan

There are other sports played in Afghanistan like boxing, basketball and taekwondo, but football is where they seem to excel. In 2011 SAFF Championship, the Afghanistan national football team (formed in 1922) tasted its first victory against Nepal and in the 2013 SAFF Championship where they were the clear favorites, they won their first title against India. The heroes of that game were Azadzai and Sandjar Ahmadi who scored one goal each and goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar, the reason why India never made one.

During the Taliban regime, the playing of sports had a setback with all sports banned for both men and women. During the US occupation the playing of sports became popular again, and women were participating in sports in greater numbers too. Unfortunately, in 2021 with the Taliban taking over the country has meant that the playing of sports, for women in particular, is in jeopardy.

The Afghan people have a great stadium to play their football matches, Ghazi Stadium in Kabul. The stadium was built in 1912 during King Amanullah Khan's reign, and renovated in 2011.

Below are more details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Afghanistan.

Popular sports of Afghanistan

Traditional or Regional Sports of Afghanistan

Afghanistan Sporting Success

Great athletes from Afghanistan

Afghanistan Sports trivia

Afghanistan at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Afghanistan

Upcoming sporting events in Afghanistan

Annual sporting events held in Afghanistan

Sporting Facilities in Afghanistan

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