The Power of Sport.
Kabul and the provinces, Afghanistan. Project ongoing.
The project promotes the social integration of disabled men and women through wheelchair- basketball and other sports.
Sport offers a concrete contribution to the physical rehabilitation and reintegration of disabled people into society. To be part of a team confers dignity and the right to play, a right so often denied in Afghanistan, a country that has been at war for 40 years, and that reserves little more than an empty compassion for disabled people.
The Power of Sport financially supports:
– Supply of custom-made wheelchairs for both Afghan male and female wheelchair-basketball teams;
– Training of referees and classifiers;
– Teams’ Participation in international tournaments (registration fees, hotels and flights);
– Construction and rehabilitation of sports facilities for the disabled.
The goals reached by the national teams include: the men’s teams’ participation in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games; the women’s historic fifth place at the 2018 Asian Para Games; the men’s success in 2018 and 2019 at the Hannah Lahoud Tournament in Lebanon. International competitions were suspended in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will resume at the end of 2021.
In collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the project has carried out the renovation of the Rehabilitation Centre for Youth’s court in Maymana, in order to enable disabled people to practice sports, especially women, who are rarely allowed to play outdoors. The project is also starting the construction of a sports hall in Herat (the second in all of Afghanistan).
The construction of the indoor stadium in Herat was suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. At the beginning of September, the Afghan government allowed sporting activities to resume, which were also interrupted in March, pending the definition of the nation wheelchair basketball teams’ commitments.
When the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was proclaimed in September 2021, some components of the project were temporarily suspended. Construction of the indoor stadium for disabled athletes in Herat continues.
Operative Partners: Afghan Wheelchair Basketball Federation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
For more information, please contact the Programme Coordinator.