GHAZNI: Girl athletes in the capital of southern Ghazni province has launched a cycling competition to advocate for peace and permanent ceasefire in the country.
Ten cyclists attended a race on Thursday that was initiated by the provincial Information and Culture Department.
Mahboob Mazari, director of the Information and Culture Department of Ghazni province, told reporters that the race was aimed at building the capacity of female athletes, as well as supporting the peace process.
She said female athletes were also able like men to bring prideful achievements to their country, “but that isn’t possible without peace.”
Mahbobullah Rahmani, another official of the Information and Culture Department, awarded cups to the top cyclists, saying “We have great talents; we try to organize more of these competitions in the future and spread the message of peace to the warring sides.”
It is the first time female athletes held a cycling race in Ghazni, the country’s relatively restive province in the south. It has witnessed women being prosecuted in kangaroo courts and enduring domestic violence in areas under the militants’ control.