Meet Afghanistan’s Olympic Muay Thai Team
I was at Killid Media Group today, where I work as a consultant training Afghan journalists, when these guys walked in. The team came to do an interview with Radio Killid and I chatted them up while they waited to go on air. Turns out that Abduhl Safria (first on the right) took second place in a world Muay Thai tournament earlier this year. That qualified him and other members of the team for the first ever Asian Martial Arts Games, being held in Bangkok, Aug. 1-9, sponsored by the Olympic Counsel of Asia.
For those who don’t know, Muay Thai is an ancient Thai martial art, where fighters use fists, elbows and shins in striking combinations. The fighters wear a lighter version of American-style boxing gloves. If you like contact sports, it is a lot of fun to watch. Here’s a Wiki on it.
Best of luck to the team!