Riders said snowboarding is a new sport in Afghanistan and that it needs more attention to improve.
Kabul Riders Preparing For Int’l Snowboarding Events
A group of 20 riders attended a training session on the outskirts of Kabul city on Friday with the hope to prepare for national and international events.
The riders said the training session is an opportunity for them to prepare for international events.
The Snowboarding Federation said the training camp included different styles of snowboarding for the riders.
“Snowboard has different styles including freeride and freestyle. We hope that a good environment is created for the sport in order to further improve it in Afghanistan,” said Ahmad Romal Hayat, head of Afghanistan’s Snowboarding Federation.
The riders, who conduct their training with self-made and ordinary tools, called on relevant organizations to pay more attention to winter sports.
“It is exciting,” said Atiullah Mohammadi, a rider. “It is a good opportunity for us to develop this sport in order to travel abroad and represent the country there.”
“We performed some moves and the riders learned them on the spot. We can participate in international competitions if we are supported,” said Ahmad Sorush, a rider.
The federation was established two years ago and since then the snowboarding riders have attended only one training camp last year in Pakistan.
Snowboarding is a recreational activity and Winter Olympic and Paralympic sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard attached to a rider's feet.
The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing, and skiing.