The Afghan robotics team won a silver medal for 'courageous achievement' at the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington.
Afghan Robotics Team Wins Silver Medal For 'Courage'
The Afghan robotics team won a silver medal in the "courageous achievement" category at the FIRST Global robotics competition in Washington DC.
The competition is considered to be the "Olympic's" of robotics contests and was represented by over 160 countries.
The Associated Press reported the team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S visas before President Donald Trump intervened.
The Afghanistan team won a silver medal for "courageous achievement." The award recognized teams that exhibited a "can-do" attitude even under difficult circumstances or when things didn't go as planned. The gold medal in that category went to the South Sudan team and bronze to the Oman team, whose students are deaf, reported AP.
Rodaba Noori, Afghan robotics team member said: “We were proud (of) ourselves and we tried a lot to get a position and we tried to win the game."
"I feel so confident about the last round of the competition. I'm very, very excited and also, I'm very hopeful. I believe we did well and I'm just waiting for the result,” Kawsar Roshan, Afghan robotics team member said.
Teams left with gold, silver and bronze medals in a variety of categories, AP reported.
The Europe team won a gold award for picking up the highest cumulative points over the course of the competition. Poland got silver and Armenia bronze.
Finland won a gold award for earning the best win-loss record. Silver went to Singapore and bronze to India.
The 2018 competition will be held in Mexico City.