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Afghanistan Taekwondo Federation for Disabled achieves big gains despite little support

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Afghanistan Taekwondo Federation for Disabled achieves big gains despite little support

Afghanistan’s Taekwondo Federation for Disabled is one of the sport fields that managed to gain big achievements despite of limited resources in the fields of Taekwondo.
Chairman of the Disabled Federation at the National Olympic Committee, Rabei Haideri in a conversation with The Kabul Times reporter said that since 17 years, he has been involved in Taekwondo and during the migration he had plenty of enthusiasm in Taekwondo. “Whenever I returned home, I learned that disabled federation was registered at the NOC”, he said.
He went on to say “Due to my enthusiasm to this field, I entered Olympic committee and up to now, I am working as a trainer of Disabled Taekwondo Team and I lead every day’s training sessions.”
“Taekwondo is an epic sport and I had learned it in Pakistan. But these sports didn’t exist in Afghanistan Olympic Disabled Power Federation”, Haidari added.
Touching to his achievements, he said “All other participants in Taekwondo competitions were not disabled, except me and despite of that, I achieved eleven gold, one silver medals plus three cups. I had travelled four times to foreign countries and in 2010, I achieved second position among 48 countries. I achieved silver medal and runner up in Asia games.      “
Answering a question that how many Olympics are there in the world, Haidari said “There are four Olympics in the world that includes National Olympic for non-disabled people, power Olympic for paralyzed and short people and those whose body organs are not completed, Special Olympic for individuals with mental problems and deaf Olympic for deaf people.
Sending a message to youth, he said, “Sport is a way that rescue See P3...
mankind from misfortune. Disabled people also have capabilities. They can also sport like healthy people and have good gains.”  
At the end he asked the government to invite special attention to athletes in these fields, particularly those disabled. So that could compensate their physical shortages with their capacities. The government, he said should allocate a certain budget to Disabled Federation.
Talking on challenges, problems ahead, he said, “We lack professional trainers in this Federation and there are slight sport instruments. We need urgent attention of the government”.
The Disabled National Federation was established in 1382 H.S within the Sport and Physical Trading Dept. to encourage and support disabled to athletics.
Nangialai Osmani