It becomes several consecutive days that news and comments regarding Rohullah Nekpai and Nesar Ahmad Bahavi, the two Taekwondo icons of the country and the potential figures to win medals, has covered the virtual world despite end of their competitions in Olympic. Perhaps on Thursday, August 9, thousands of Afghans around the world set their eyes on TVs, computers and cell phones to watch how Rohullah Nekpai, the first Olympic medal winner for the country, appears and competes with opponents.
When he rigorously downed his Polish opponent, Michael Loniewski by 5-12, the jubilant Afghans started congratulating one another in social networks. Indeed, his kicks opened a wave of suppressed emotions and many shared their feelings about moments when he defeated his first opponent with such remarkable superiority.
Few hours later, again a breathtaking moment started. This time, Mr. Nekpai came to ring to fight Mohammad Baqer Motamed from neighboring country Iran. The fighting was too tough and the third round ended with no ultimate winner.
But Baqer Motamed won in extra time just with one higher score. Perhaps, many Afghans burst in tears and because, considering the skills and dexterity of Rohullah against his first Polish rival, the possibility of gold or silver medal for the country was high.
Thanks God, finally he once again brought tears into thousands of eyes this time by defeating two opponents, Martin Stamper and David Boui from England and Central African Republic respectively, and wining bronze medal for his war-torn country.
The bronze medal indeed also washed dust from the faces of thousands of Afghans who shed tears seeing country’s flag waving from a stage which by de facto sends a message of peace and amity to world instead of constant reports of violence, suicide bombings and drug trafficking.
Similar excitement burst for Nesar Ahmad Bahavi, another potential athlete for bringing a medal for his country. However, he defeated his from Morocco, but his limping leg indeed convinced many that it was too hard for him to win a medal.
However, many labeled him as hero because of his audacity to fight despite injured leg, but his loss sparked discussions. Some criticized as the caravan was not made of experts to couch and prepare athletes physically, mentally and psychologically for competition. Thus, during few days stay in London, Nesar had to practice hard during which unfortunately his leg got hurt.
Thus, Afghan officials should notice that sports should be left out of evil political game that the post of chief of sports national committee also be compromised. We are in need of experts, beyond borders of race and religion. Without such a sport policy, in the future many more “Bahavis” will not be able to bring medal for their country.