From swimming to football, operating to horse using, Afghanistan’s new sports activities leader mentioned Tuesday that the Taliban will permit 400 sports activities — however declined to substantiate if ladies can play a unmarried one. “Please do not ask extra questions on ladies,” Bashir Ahmad Rustamzai informed AFP, from an armchair the place Afghanistan’s Olympic Committee president had sat till he fled the rustic ultimate month. Rustamzai, a heavily-built former kung fu and wrestling champion with a hairy black and white beard, used to be appointed by means of the hardline Islamist crew to be Afghanistan’s director common for sports activities and bodily schooling.
As soon as the wrestling federation leader when the Taliban had been ultimate in energy, Rustamzai then labored with the Western-backed govt, prior to falling out with them as a result of “their standard corruption,” he mentioned.
“We can no longer ban any game”
Wearing a black turban conventional of the Taliban, Rustamzai again and again ducked questions at the factor of girls’s sports activities.
All the way through the extremists’ brutal and oppressive regime from 1996 to 2001, ladies had been utterly banned from taking part in any game whilst males’s game used to be tightly managed. Ladies had been additionally in large part banned from schooling and paintings.
Sports activities stadiums had been ceaselessly used for public executions.
“We can no longer ban any game, except it does no longer conform to sharia regulation… there are 400 form of sports activities allowed,” Rustamzai mentioned.
In a while after, he watched an illustration by means of younger Afghan males, some zooming round on curler blades, and waving the white Taliban flag.
Rustamzai mentioned that abiding by means of Islamic regulation intended little exchange in apply in comparison to different international locations.
“It does not exchange a lot,” he mentioned, noting it might require, for instance, soccer gamers or Muay Thai boxers to put on “shorts somewhat longer, which fall under the knee”.
Driven on ladies’s participation, he mentioned he used to be nonetheless looking forward to decrees from the highest Taliban management.
“We will believe the similar factor as in universities: permitting ladies to play sports activities, however one after the other from males,” certainly one of his advisors mentioned.
However Rustamzai would no longer verify that at once.
New laws on universities permit for ladies to proceed finding out so long as they’re strictly segregated from males, and cling to a get dressed code of an abaya gown and niqab face veil. The curriculum can also be managed.
For now, the symptoms glance bleak for ladies.
Final week, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural fee, Ahmadullah Wasiq, mentioned that it used to be “no longer vital” for ladies to play game.
“In cricket, they may face a state of affairs the place their face and frame may not be lined,” Wasiq informed Australian broadcaster SBS. “Islam does no longer permit ladies to be observed like this.”
However the Taliban are already underneath force, particularly for cricket, the place global laws state that international locations should even have an energetic ladies’s staff to participate in Check suits.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman Azizullah Fazli later informed SBS Radio Pashto he used to be nonetheless hopeful ladies will be capable of play.
“Very quickly, we can provide you with excellent information on how we can continue,” he mentioned.
However Rustamzai distanced himself from the way forward for ladies’s game.
“The reviews of our elders (senior Taliban) are essential,” he mentioned. “In the event that they ask us to authorise ladies, we can — differently, we can no longer. We wait for their announcement.”
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