The Afghan national golf team left for the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Tuesday where they will compete in the 32nd Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championships.
Afghan Golf Team To Compete In Bangladesh Tournament
The team will also participate in a training session under the supervision of the International Golf Federation.
“We will continue our training under the supervision of the International Golf Federation as we do not have our own golf courses in the country,” said Mahbob Shah Qazizada, deputy head of the national golf association.
The Afghan team comprises four female and nine male golfers and they will represent Afghanistan in the championships, he said, adding that teams participating will include India, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Bangladesh among others.
“I am confident that our team will once again perform well and win medals,” he said.
Meanwhile, the golfers have asked for steps to be taken to provide the players with facilities in the country so that they can practice regularly.
“This is the second time I am participating in the championship; unfortunately we do not have our own golf courses and we face a lot of problems; we have worked hard to perform well in the championship,” said Afghan female golf player Laila Sajjadi.
“The level of competitors in this championship is quite high; teams participating are good,” said another player Noor Ahmad Fazil.
The tournament will start on January 4. Ten countries will participate.
Afghan golfers have participated in five of these tournaments and won a silver medal in 2012.
The silver medalist was Imran Ali and while Nasir also brought home a bronze medal.