At least 50 cyclists attended a 70-kilometer cycling race from Kabul to Parwan province in an attempt to support Afghanistan’s counter-narcotics efforts.
Massoud Amiri from Kabul got the first position in the competition. Mohammad Hanif and Ahmad Mirzaee got the second and third positions respectively.
“This is the national consensus week. We held this race to encourage the youth to say no to drugs and move towards sports,” said Husain Hamidi, head of Cycling Federation.
The cyclists said they see such events as an opportunity to improve the sport in the country.
“Athletes have a good role in rising social issues and supporting government’s efforts for peace and counter-narcotics,” said Ahmad, a cyclist.
“We attended this race to pass on the message to the people not to use drugs,” said Freshta, a cyclist.
The event was held with the help of Ministry of Counter Narcotics. The winners were honored with gifts.