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 attempts get a goat carcass to a goal. Some games recorded can take up to days to finish. Not many people outside the sports world might be surprised to learn that Afghanistan actually has a great range of sports from basketball to 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 made the one goal each and 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. Since the fall of the Taliban, the playing of sports has become popular again, and women are participating in sports in greater numbers too.

Afghanistan is also very diverse and open when it comes to sport allowing women to play football and in 2007, the women's national football team was formed. The Afghan people have a great stadium to play their football matches which was built during King Amanullah Khan's reign which showed great national pride and support for their athletes.

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

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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