KHOST: A cycling competition, participated by athletes from six provinces, has kicked off in support of intra-Afghan negotiations in southeastern Khost province.
Khost Governor Mohammad Seddiq Patman, speaking at the opening ceremony of the competition, on Thursday welcomed the players from different provinces and encouraged them to run the race in order to send a clear message of peace to the warring sides and the public.
Patman called athletes ‘ambassadors of peace’, saying he would not hesitate to offer any kind of support to sportspeople.
The competition is organized with the financial support of the Khost Customs Department and under the auspices of the Physical Training Directorate. The racing’s starting venue is Khost Customs’ local office in the capital of the province, with Ghulam Khan Port being the endpoint.
Khost governor also praised officials of the cycling federations of the six provinces from where athletes had taken part in the competition. Khost Customs’ director, Hakim Sartir, and some players were awarded appreciation letters for their efforts towards sports development.