Afghan cyclists nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on:26 Feb 2016 11:53:21
Afghan cyclists nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
26 February 2016 Current Affairs: Afghanistans National Womens Cycling Team has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Italian parliament. The team has used the bicycle as a vehicle for social justice, enduring violence and social stigma. In 2013, it became the first Afghan womens team to compete on the international stage, at the Asian Cycling Championships in Delhi.Afghanistan had a womens team as early as 1986, but that program was scuttled during Soviet and subsequent Taliban control of the country. It was reborn in 2011 when Abdul Sediq, coach of the Afghan mens national team, founded a team around his daughter, Marjan “Mariam” Sedequi. The team now has about a dozen women, who ride in pants, loose-fitting shirts, and hijabs beneath helmets to avoid attracting additional unwanted attention.
Afghanistans National Womens Cycling Team has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Italian parliament. The team has used the bicycle as a vehicle for social justice, enduring violence and social stigma. In 2013, it became the first Afghan womens team to compete on the international stage, at the Asian Cycling Championships in Delhi.Afghanistan had a womens team as early as 1986, but that program was scuttled during Soviet and subsequent Taliban control of the country. It was reborn in 2011 when Abdul Sediq, coach of the Afghan mens national team, founded a team around his daughter, Marjan “Mariam” Sedequi. The team now has about a dozen women, who ride in pants, loose-fitting shirts, and hijabs beneath helmets to avoid attracting additional unwanted attention.

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