Body Blues

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

The 10th an­nual Mr. Afghanistan con­test was held in Kabul re­cently. It at­tracted a large num­ber of men ea­ger to com­pete for the cov­eted ti­tle. The com­pe­ti­tion, run by the Afghanistan Body­build­ing and Fit­ness Fed­er­a­tion (AFBBF), has been around even dur­ing the Tal­iban regime. How­ever, at the time, men were re­quired to wear long trousers rather than skin-tight short pants. The event aims to help im­prove the fit­ness of Afghan men and in­crease their par­tic­i­pa­tion in body­build­ing.

Body­build­ing is re­garded as the coun­try’s most pop­u­lar sport. The com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures men with built up mus­cles, slathered from head to toe in fake body tan. Over the years, the com­pe­ti­tion has man­aged to gain suf­fi­cient ex­po­sure and can some­what be com­pared to any Western event of the same kind. How­ever, fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided to the Afghani body­builders are still quite ba­sic and ef­forts are be­ing made to im­prove them .

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