Dozens of athletes donated blood to deserving patients, especially those injured in a recent wave of clashes in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province.
Hundreds of people, including civilians, security personnel and insurgents were killed or wounded in a week of fierce clashes in the town. Authorities accused the Pakistani forces of fighting alongside the Taliban.
About 60 athletes, including females, participated in the blood donation campaign in Kabul, marking International Olympic Day.
National Olympic Committee chief Fahim Hashimi told journalists: “By donating bloods, our athletes have proved they stand with the vulnerable people, in particular those injured in clashes.”
He called donating blood to the deserving people a noble national mission, urging youth to participate in the campaign.
One of athletes, Roohullah Nekpa, told Pajhwok Afghan News all sportspeople should protect their countrymen’s lives by donating blood.
A lecturer at the Sharia Law Faculty of Kabul University, Dr. Mohammad Ayaz Niazi said donating blood to a patient meant saving a life. Islam also encourages followers to donate blood, he concluded.
Source:Pajhwok news agency