Women in Afghanistan won't be allowed to play any sports as ‘it exposes their body’: Taliban

12:44 PM | 9 Sep, 2021
Women in Afghanistan won't be allowed to play any sports as ‘it exposes their body’: Taliban
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KABUL – Women in Afghanistan will not be allowed to play cricket or any sport under the new administration, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission said Wednesday.

In an interview with the Australian broadcaster SBS, the Taliban’s cultural commission head, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said “women’s sport was considered neither appropriate nor necessary”.

“I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket,” he opined saying “In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered and Islam does not allow women to be seen like this”.

Defending his stance, the official said “it’s the information age and there will be photos and videos all over which people watch it. Islam and the Islamic Emirate Afghanistan do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed.”

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A statement issued by Cricket Australia cited “Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level”.