The Afghan National Wheelchair Basketball team, sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross, participated in the 2017 IWBF Asia Oceania Championships from Oct. 21st -29th, 2017 in Beijing.
This is the second time the team participated in international games since its establishment in 2013 as part of the Afghan Paralympic Committee and funded by the ICRC. Having lost all four matches at the championships in Beijing, the team kept their heads high for their strive against the limits of physical disabilities.
"Afghanistan should not be forgotten," said Alberto Cairo, head of the ICRC orthopedic program in Afghanistan since 1992 and senior Advisor of the team. "Afghanistan is still in the map. There is not only war in Afghanistan but also sport. I hope this competition helps to give a different opinion of Afghanistan."
The ICRC, who runs seven orthopedic rehabilitation centers in Afghanistan, is working to promote social inclusion of people with disabilities through activities such as vocational training and sports.