The governing body of rugby in Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Rugby Federation, held elections at its Annual General Meeting to elect new office bearers to continue progressing the work done in the country.
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Aga Hussain, President of Asia Rugby, travelled to Afghanistan to observer and help facilitate the elections.
Asia Rugby has seen unprecedented growth in participation numbers and its digital footprint under Hussain’s leadership.
He has played a pivotal role in the growth and has been able to bring Asia together through the spirit of Rugby.
The AGM in Afghanistan, held in accordance with its constitution, was attended by senior coaches, referees, National Team players and representatives from all of Afghanistan’s provincial rugby associations.
Observers from the Afghanistan Olympic Association and government sports officials from the General Directorate of Physical Education & Sport were also present at the election.
During the AGM the council elected Haris Rahmani as the President. As per the provision of the ARF constitution, he later he proposed Baham Amini as the Secretary General and Adbul Bari Gazang as the Treasurer.
Speaking about his election as President, Rahmani said: “I feel happy but more than that, it gives me a responsibility, that I have to work for the improvement of this sport in Afghanistan.”
Rahmani laid out his plans for Afghanistan Rugby which included the hosting of leagues to elect national team players in three categories – U16, U19 and senior.
Rahmani also insisted that a women’s tournament would be held to elect athletes for the national team, and that there would be a focus on expanding women’s rugby in schools and universities.
There is also a desire to find a donor to help facilitate the construction of a new stadium in the space they have obtained from the government.
Asia Rugby would like to thank the outgoing President Mansoor Majid who has spent a lot of time, finances and effort to spread rugby in Afghanistan as well as Secretary-General Asad Ziar.