The 10th annual Mr. Afghanistan contest was held in Kabul recently. It attracted a large number of men eager to compete for the coveted title. The competition, run by the Afghanistan Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (AFBBF), has been around even during the Taliban regime. However, at the time, men were required to wear long trousers rather than skin-tight short pants. The event aims to help improve the fitness of Afghan men and increase their participation in bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding is regarded as the country's most popular sport. The competition features men with built up muscles, slathered from head to toe in fake body tan. Over the years, the competition has managed to gain sufficient exposure and can somewhat be compared to any Western event of the same kind. However, facilities provided to the Afghani bodybuilders are still quite basic and efforts are being made to improve them.