Taliban say women won't be allowed to play sport

Taliban say women won't be allowed to play sport

Afghan women, including the country’s women’s cricket team, will be banned from playing sport under the new Taliban government, according to an official in the group.

In an interview with the Australian broadcaster SBS, the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said women’s sport was considered neither appropriate nor necessary.

“I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket,” Wasiq said. “In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this.

He said Islam allowed women to go out on a needs basis such as for shopping. Sport is not considered a need, Wasiq said. 

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