Contributed by: Aaron Richard Thursday, May 18 2006 @ 03:34 am ACST
The city of Mingora, in the Swat Valley[*1] in North-West Pakistan, will this June play host to a tournament between 4 school and college-based teams. The tournament is being held by the Tanzeem-e-Insidad-e-Manashyiate organisation (TIM), a group combating drug use through seminars, medical centres and sporting tournaments.
Mumtaz Ali Khan from TIM tells WFN that his organisation has been using sport as a tool against drugs in society since 2001-02. The connection to Australian Rules stems from his having once seen the game on television via a sports channel, becoming interested and deciding to begin the game in the Swat area - beginning with school and college level students.
The group have approached Aussie Rules International for balls and other materials, and if all runs smoothly four sides representing the Tanzeem-e-Insidad-e-Manashyiate (the Swords), the Swat Public School (the Eagles), the Jehan-Zeb College (the Dolphins) and the Government High School No3 (the Bulls) will take the field in around a month's time.
The Australian Football Federation of Pakistan can be contacted via the following:
Post: Mumtaz Ali Khan
Old Post Office Road
Mingora Swat NWFP Pakistan