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Kabul Hosts Bicycle Race

Over 1,200 boys and girls participated in a 23 km bicycle race in Kabul on April 20.

The 3rd annual race extended from Darulmanan Palace to Paghman. The competition was sponsored by Afghan Wireless and the Bayat Foundation.

Participants from 34 provinces including Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Balkh and Kandahar began training for the race months in advance, before the day of the 'Say No to Drugs' Bike Race.

The contest, starting from Darul Aman Palace, finished in front of a cheering crowd at Paghman. The starter's flag was waved by Ehsan Bayat, chairman of the Foundation, at 8:00am local time as the participants rushed past in a sea of orange caps.

Children, men and women cheered the cyclists and waved flags in a show of unity in the new, confident and progressive Afghanistan.

The first position went to Fazilkhuda from Panjsher, who covered the distance in five hours, followed by Masood. The third prize was won by Salahudin.

Among the women, Zhak finished first, with Benafsha and Lialoma finishing second and third respectively. The race ended at Paghman and the first prizewinners both in the male and female categories were each presented with a 50,000 ($1,000 U.S.) afghani prize.





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