Ambassador congratulates Mr. Nawabi of Fraunhofer on technological accomplishment

January 16, 2013: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie welcomed warmly to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo Mr. Fahim Nawabi of Fraunhofer IIS. Mr. Nawabi, an Afghan national working in Japan, was a member of Fraunhofer’s research team that developed a soccer ball with the technology to alert officials when a goal has been scored with extreme accuracy and speed. This technology was then used in FIFA’s 2012 Club World Cup in Yokohama. Mr. Nawabi presented Ambassador Fatimie with one of the balls installed with this technology.

Ambassador Fatimie congratulated Mr. Nawabi, and through him his team, for the great achievement. Ambassador Fatimie then spoke of three distinct important issues symbolized by this advancement: 1. The issue of fairness that this represents in making goals easily verifiable. This also reflects the issue of fairness between peoples and between governments and citizens. 2. The issue of technology and its power to improve a nation and inspire its people. 3. The issue of health and sports’ ability to play a role in encouraging a healthy life.

Mr. Sayed Ali Asghar Amiri, Third Secretary; and Mr. Jason Pratt, Public Affairs Officer, also attended the meeting.