Afghan mountaineers are getting training in Italy

Bilal Basharat from Kabul
Seven mountaineers are leaving for Italy today ( June15 ) to attend a month-long training course there.
Spokesman of the National Olympic Committee Arif Payman told afghanmania that the team also included three girl hikers.

Besides theory, said Payman, the team would get practical training in mountains in the border area between Switzerland and Italy.

He said the trip was aimed to promote hiking in the country.

He said the committee was financially supported by Italy, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Suriya Malik, daughter of the late king Amanullah Khan.

Seventeen climbers, including the existing 7-member team, had attended a training programme organised and funded by Italy in Hindu Kush mountain range in the Afghanistan last year, said Payman.

He said promoting the sport needed commitment and "we hope to achieve positive results in the days ahead".

Hiking competitions in the name of Peace, held in the Wakhan and Pamir mountain range in the country, were attended by Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain.

Akmal Dashti was the only Afghan who represented the country at those competitions.

According to the National Olympic Committee, Italy has been supporting the sport in the country over the previous five years.

AfghanMania correspondent: Bilal Basharat

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