7th round of ski competition is expected to be held in the central Bamyan province.
Acting head of Bamyan’s culture and information department Sayed Ahmad Hussaini Ahmadpoor told The Kabul Times snowfalls in that province has been unprecedented over the last twenty years.
He added all ski competition related areas have been covered by snow and further prepared the ground for skiing.
Kabul, Bamyan and ten other countries’ skiers would attend the competition, as their registration is now ongoing, Ahmadpoor said.
Bamyan is a province where its mountains are covered by snow for six months in a year and Baba mountains, Chehel Borj fort in Yakawolang, Amir Dam and many other areas are among the places which is fair for skiing, he added.
The ski competition would hold in Shaheed Mazari Ski Park and Khoshkak-e-Cheqolak village this year, he went on to say.
According to Ahmadpoor, the first female skiers’ competition is going to be held on Feb. 28 in Shaheed Mazari Ski Park and the male skiers’ competition is going to be held on March 1th in Khoshkak-e-Cheqolak village.
Besides ski competitions, handicrafts, printing publications, photo, painting exhibitions and some other local games would be held in that province, he continued.
The new building of the information and culture department would also be opened and new head would be introduced for that, he stated.
It is a matter of pleasure that Bamyan skiers have learnt skiing in a short time and they could get the first position in the last years which is a great pride to Afghanistan, he said.
Central Bamian is one of the historical provinces where besides two ruined Buddha Statues, its eight other historical monuments have been consisted of UNESCO list as world heritage, Ahmadpoor said.
He added fortunately, Bamyan has earned UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s membership.
This is while that over the past years, Bamyan’s security situation has been goodwhich caused to draw the attention of tens of thousands of tourists.
But unfortunately, now, the number of tourists has considerably decreased, thus, it is hoped that holding international ski competitions would help increase the number of domestic and foreign tourists to that province.