Rohullah Nikpai

Afghan Olympic hero will be the star attraction in the three-day Taekwondo event at the 12th South Asian Games organized in India.

The Taekwondo event will begin from tomorrow where the two-time Afghan Olympic medalist is set to show his skills at the regional mega event for the first time since participating in the 10th edition of the meet in Colombo in 2006.

Speaking to the local media, PTI, on the sidelines of their practice at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Nikpai said “As all top athletes my aim is to win another medal in Olympics. I will try to win a gold medal this time.”

Nikpai further added “I’ve come here just for my team and my country. We have a strong team in taekwondo and we hope to put our country on top here. Our achievement in sport is a big ray of hope for the people back home.”

He was the first Afghan athlete to bring home the Olympic medal from Beijing in 2008 where he was greeted by thousands at Kabul’s Ghazi stadium.

Nikpai once again secured a bronze medal for Afghanistan during the Olympic games organized in London in 2012 and is currently having an aim of winning a hat-trick of Olympic medals at Rio this year.

Around 184 Afghan athletes are participating in the South Asian Games who were brought to India in a special chartered plane facilitated by the Indian government.

First hosted by Nepal in 1984, the event is unique in itself as it promotes sports with a view to boost up the team spirit as well as an amiable relationship between the South Asian countries.