The national Muay Thai team returned home with three bronze medals on Tuesday from the world championships in Russia.
Seven Afghan Muay Thai fighters took part and three brought home bronze medals. They were Sayed Rohullah Musawi, Ahmad Shuja Jamal and Suhrab Salahshor.
There were 40 countries represented at the championships, where Russia won overall and Ukraine clinched second position.
Salahshor won bronze in his 75kg division, Musawi in the 51kg division and Jamal in the 54kg division.
“I attended the event in 51kg weight where I had one victory and one loss. I got a bronze medal,” Musawi said.
“I competed in 54kg (division) and the matches were strong. We prepared for the event for three months,” said Jamal.
Meanwhile, Amir Husain Husaini, head of Muay Thai Federation of Afghanistan, said: “The championships were of a very high standard, therefore many countries could not send their fighters to compete.”
Muay Thai is a combat sport that originated in Thailand and uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
This sport became a member of Afghanistan’s Olympic Committee 10 years ago and it has so far garnered the country 50 gold, silver and bronze medals from Asian, South Asian and other international events.