Afghanistan National Swimming Federation (ANSF) was established in 2004 to provide leadership and management on all swimming activities and to represent Afghanistan on the international stage. It is affiliated with the All Asia Swimming Federation (AASF) and International Swimming Federation (FINA) internationally, as well Afghanistan National Olympic Committee domestically. Afghanistan, it goes without mention has been through a lot in recent history. Development of infrastructure and sporting leagues is pivotal to providing youth and the opportunity to enjoy the many amenities and facilities peace provides to strive towards their goals and dreams.
Along these lines, the federation faces a multitude of challenges both culturally and fiscally on the road to realizing its mission and vision statements, such as but not limited to the lack of regular facilities that have dampened the federation’s efforts. Un-phased however, the swimming federation seeks to solve these challenges and furthermore address the lack of female participation in the sport. Almost all regional neighbors and the wider world have women’s teams except Afghanistan. ANSF believes the time is right to empower women in this respect, and have them as equal partners in making further cultural and modernizing strides of the country. Upon the proposal of the idea, many females and their family members have inquired and contact the federation in seeking support in furthering their interests in swimming and pursuing athletic endeavors in this capacity.
Given the incremental advances of the country and steps towards modernization Afghanistan has made, we at ANSF sternly believe in the timing of this proposal to establish an all-women’s team. Past attempts by the federation along with athletes and student-athletes have not able to raise funds due to lack of support of the wider community. Nonetheless, our members have shown great enthusiasm in seeking support when and wherever possible.