Afghan team wins six medals at Asian games  

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TMP – 03/11/2017

The national Afghan team won an impressive six medals at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Turkmenistan last month.
The medals included a record-breaking accomplishment, with Hussain Bakhsh Safari the first Afghan to walk away from the competition with a gold medal in jujitsu.

The first silver medal for Afghanistan was won by Ahmad Javid Amiri, who managed to defeat his rival in traditional wrestling. Sayed Shafi, Mohammad Gul Pahlawanzada, Jawed Ahmad and Siyar Gul each won bronze medals in belt wrestling.

The fifth edition of the AIMAG saw participants competing in 21 sports over 12 days in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

The six medalists and the entire Afghan team have been an inspiration and source of pride for Afghans across the country.

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani commended the achievements of the Afghan team and on 10 October gave each medal winner a large cash prize and letter of appreciation.

Hussain Bakhsh Safari received a cash prize of 760,000 AFN for his gold medal, while silver medal winner Ahmad Javid Amiri got 335,000 AFN. Each of the bronze medalists received 201,000 AFN.

In a telephone interview with The Migrant Project, gold medal winner Safari shared a message directed at Afghan youth.
“I want to urge all Afghan citizens to unite together, to maintain the bonds of brotherhood and to commit to abstaining from nepotism and fanaticism,” Safari said. “Most of all, I want our youth to understand that running away from the country and migrating elsewhere will not be conducive to leveraging their talents and making their dreams come true.”