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The new, male-only Taliban government has decided that women will not be able to play sports, since it considers that “there’s no need” and that their body and face can be exposed.

This was announced by the deputy head of the Taliban cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, that violates, once again, the fundamental rights of women. After dispersing several demonstrations of women with shots in the air and prohibiting coeducation by separating men from women, the Taliban will not allow this group to play sports.

“I don’t think women are allowed to play cricket because they don’t have to. In cricket they may face a situation where do not cover your face and body “Wasiq said in an interview on Australian radio SBS.

“People will see them”

“Islam does not allow women to be seen like this. It is the media age, there will be photos and videos, and then people will see it. Islam and Afghanistan do not allow women to play cricket or practice sports in which they are exposed, “he continued.

In this way, women can only practice sports in which they are covered from top to bottom, something practically impossible.

Cricket selection

As reported The Guardian, this situation already affects the national cricket team, where several women have already denounced having been threatened by the Taliban warning them that they cannot play.

The measure would also affect the men’s team, which is scheduled for a game in Australia next November. The International Cricket Council requires that the 12 members that make up the men’s team also have their national women’s version, something that in this case would complicate their participation.

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The prohibition of sports for women is not new. The GTaliban government in force between 1996 and 2001 It has already imposed this measure, which led the IOC to exclude Afghanistan from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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