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October 20, 2016: Female athletes kicked off the fall season of the wheelchair basketball league in the Afghan capital in October. The three-day basketball tournament was organised by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held in Kabul on Thursday. Some 180 Afghan women played in the wheelchair basketball league.

The tournament was organised between four teams from Herat, Balkh and Kabul. The event was a huge success, drawing large crowds of supporters to cheer on the players, although, most of the players had to give up their hijabs while speeding around the court.

In the final, Kabul took an early lead but in the end, it has lost the game to the Balkh province team.

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Women in wheelchairs playing Basketball.
Women in wheelchairs playing Basketball. Wikimedia

In 2015, the International Committee of the Red Cross has brought Jess Markt to Gaza to train local referees and coaches. Now, he is back to train players and organise tournaments between wheelchair teams.

According to the head of the ICRC orthopaedic program in Afghanistan Alberto Cairo, the best players from the tournament from the western city of Herat will be selected for the National team.

Aziza Ahmadi, a 23-year-old athlete has a paralysed left foot from the mortar attack on the Kabul when the shrapnel hit her home 18 years ago. Now, she is hoping to get selected for the national team. “My dream is to go to play in European countries like Italy, Germany and France,” she said.

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Kamila Rahimi, a 19-year-old player from Balkh team, scored 5 goals for her team. She lost her ability to walk when she was a toddler, owing to a disease. But when she’s in court, she forgets everything and none of it matters.

“I feel very happy to be playing basketball because I like the company of my teammates. When I laugh, they laugh with me, when I cry, they cry with me,” she said.

– by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)