Afghan youth focus on sport

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Afghan youth focus on sport

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Nearly 70 percent of Afghanistan’s population is under the age of 25.

They expect their new president to improve sports facilities.

During the Taliban regime, playing sports was restricted. Even cheering was only allowed if the cheers were religious. Many sports stadiums were used for public executions.

But things are changing for the better.

euronews spoke to an ambitious 17-year-old boy at Kabul’s Olympic games centre who explained, “I do wrestling training here. My target is to progress in wrestling and win an Olympic medal to honour my country.”

euronews correspondent Mustapha Bag said: “Despite the inadequate infrastructure and limited facilities, Afghan youth strive to improve themselves in sport. Many work hard to be the best and win medals for their country. Foreign aid helps support this Olympic games centre in the capital.”