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Skilled Afghan climber dares COVID-19 to reach 5200-meter peak

By: Karima Malikzada
KABUL: COVID-19 forced people worldwide to stay home, but Ahmad Rumal continued to break the stalemates originated from the pandemic and climb a height of up to 5,200 meter peak.
The professional cragsman of the country, who said there were up to 2,000 rock climbers including 120 men and 40 women officially skilled athletes in the country, said during coronavirus lockdown he was very busy—both climbing the rocks and training tens of interested young including boys and girls how to climb rocky mountains.


“Rock climbing is my skills, my sport and my interest and it bring the message of peace, friendship and inner rest,” said Rumal who added he endeavored as much as become deputy professional director of Afghanistan Rock Climbing Federation.
Rumal said he along with some of his ten-team members climbed several peaks including Hindukush, Himalayan ranges and conquering the 5,200 meter mountain between Kabul Shakardara and Paghman districts.
“One of our main goals was resistance against COVID-19 and introducing the natural beauties and attractions of the country to the world,” said Afghanistan Deputy Professional Rock Climbing Federation,” he continued.
The rock climbers held the event at the advent of the country’s 101th independence and to mark the Youth World Day.
On the other, communication with the local people was another target of the rock climbing team, which could help them get familiarity with the culture and tradition in different provinces of the country, he observed.
He asked the government, particularly the security organs to ensure security in the country so that with peace of mind, they could develop their skills and travel to various provinces and improve the skill of rock climbing.

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