Afghan beach volleyball grows with the Games, says coach

Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:56am EDT
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By Narae Kim

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - Afghanistan's beach volleyball teams have missed out on the reward of a new car after finishing out of the medals at the Asian Games, but they are happy with the experience, media exposure and ill-fitting sunglasses they found in South Korea.

While a loss to Indonesia confirmed their exit from the tournament on Wednesday, Sayed Nematullah Mushtaq, the coach and director of beach volleyball at the Afghanistan National Volleyball Federation, said the competition helped the sport grow back home.

Afghanistan debuted in beach volleyball at the Guangzhou Games in 2010 and while they were happy to compete in Incheon the facilities at home were holding them back, Mushtaq said.

"Unfortunately we do not have many good training facilities in Kabul," he told Reuters. "Not a beach court like this," he added, pointing to the Songdo Global University venue.

"We have only one beach court in Kabul but the sand quality is not as good as here.

"The sand in our beach volleyball court comes from desert and also from rivers. That is why having no beach in our country is a problem."

SPORT GROWING   Continued...