IOC President condemns brutal attack on wrestling centre in Kabul

LAUSANNE, September 10, 2018 – The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach has issued a statement regarding the twin bombings at a wrestling training centre in a Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. It is reported that two attacks killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others last week, including two journalists.

According to officials, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the sports hall on September 5, in western Kabul.

A car bomb went off nearby less than an hour after, as journalists and security forces gathered at the scene.

“I learnt with great sadness and horror today of the brutal attack on a wrestling centre in the Afghan capital, Kabul, that has left more than 20 people dead and dozens wounded. I strongly condemn this cowardly attack on young people and on sport.

“The young wrestlers were there as part of a peaceful competition, and this is a direct attack on sport itself and its values. Their deaths go straight to our hearts, and these innocent victims and their friends and loved ones are in our thoughts this evening. We mourn together with them, and I would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences, from me personally and from the entire Olympic Movement. The International Olympic Committee, together with United World Wrestling, has already begun to explore the best ways to offer immediate help and assistance to all those affected.”

– Thomas Bach, IOC President

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