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Samira takes in the sights of ‘beautiful’ Sakhalin

Date : 10 Feb 2019

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation, February 10, 2019: Afghanistan’s sporting icon Samira Asghari combined tourism with competition as she took in the Super-G at the picturesque Goriny Vozdukh Sports and Tourist Resort on Sunday.

Afghanistan’s ground-breaking Samira posed happily with the mascots of the 1st Children of Asia Winter Sports Games several hundreds of metres above the city at the venue of the alpine skiing competition.

“What a beautiful city this is. I knew it would be cold before coming here but I don’t feel it a bit because of the warmth of the people of Sakhalin. Everyone I see is happy and has a smile on their face. I’m so happy to be here,” the 24-year-old Samira said.

Last October in Buenos Aires, Samira was among nine new International Olympic Committee members elected – and the first female IOC member from Afghanistan. At the time, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “She is a lady who is doing a fantastic job to promote women’s sports in Afghanistan.”

Samira is in Sakhalin representing the IOC. She said: “I’m very grateful for the children of Russia for hosting other kids from Asia. The most important thing is we need to pass on the Olympic values to the children and this is a great opportunity to do so.”

A former captain of the Afghan women’s national basketball team before going on to hold many roles in the administration of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee, a stepping stone to enter the halls of the IOC, Samira also read out Bach’s message at the Opening Ceremony on Saturday.

“I hope all the children will have a great time, have fun and enjoy these Games. I’m very happy that Russia has taken the initiative and created a Winter Games for the children of Asia. Asia needs this and I congratulate the organisers for putting on what will be an outstanding success,” Samira added.

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