KABUL – Afghanistan team bagged six medals at the recent Asian Muaythai Championships held by the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur in China, Macau.
The medals earned by the team include four silvers and two bronze.
Murtaza Shamal earned silver after defeating his rivals from Philippines and Thailand in the 67kg category.
Hafiza Bahmani defeated her rivals from India in 60kg category and claimed silver medal.
Ali Suhrab Ahmadi also grabbed silver after defeating his rivals from Philippines and Malaysia in the 51kg category.
Suhrab Salahshur overcame his rival India and secured silver in the 81kg category.
Ahmad Shuja Jamal and Ahmadullah Nazariboth secured bronze medals after defeating their rivals from Macau and Hong Kong.
“Afghanistan did well in the competitions. The improvement of youth and women is a priority for the National Muaythai Federation of Afghanistan,” head of the federation, Amir Hassan Hassani, said after his return to Kabul on Thursday.
“The national Muaythai team of Afghanistan’s youth defeated strong rivals like Thailand where the sport has born. We also defeated New Zealand and South Korea and brought pride to the country,” said one of the athletes, Ahmad.
“We had proper training and we succeeded in defeating our rivals,” said Shukria Bahmani, an athlete.
The one-week competition was attended by athletes from 32 Asian countries.