New swimming pool in Kabul

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Just visited a brand new swimming pool yesterday morning in Kabul.

The pool was just opened a week ago and according to the owner, it’s the largest swimming facility in Afghanistan. It has Jacuzzi, steam bath and a cafeteria and looked quite nice and clean.

The youngsters there, mostly college students, seemed pretty enthusiastic about swimming. I asked them why swimming and got quite interesting answers from the boys.

“It’s much cleaner and more hygienic than other sports”

“Swimming makes your body beautiful”

No matter what the reasons are, it’s great to see more young people engaging in different kinds of sports in this war-torn country.

Unfortunately, it’s for men only, at least for now. The trainer told me.

“It’s difficult to have both men and women in the facility like this because of the situation and culture of this country”

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昨日カブールの室内スイミングプールを訪ねてみた。

このプールは1週間前にオープンしたばかり。ジャクジやスチームサウナ、カフェテリアも設置され、オーナーによれば、アフガニスタン国内では最大のプール施設だという。新築だけあって、設備もきれいだ。

泳いでいた若者たちはほとんどが学生だったが、みな熱心にトレーナーの指導を受けていた。なぜ水泳?と尋ねると、なかなか面白い答えが返ってきた。

「他のスポーツより清潔だからね」

「水泳するとかっこいい体型になるし」

まあその動機はどうあれ、動乱のこの国で、若者たちがいろんなスポーツを経験できるのは素晴らしいことだと思う。

残念なのは、少なくとも現段階ではプールは男性専用なことだ。トレーナーがなんだか申し訳なさそうにこう答えた。

「この国の状況や習慣を踏まえると、男女共用のプールはまだまだ難しいんです」

 

 

 

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rexgarden Swimming pools are so much fun,i can’t get enough of them, especially well constructed swimming pools.I am waiting for your next post.
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