The Afghan women's cycling team has been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize which is being hailed a historic event in the traditional society.
Italian lawmakers nominated the Afghan female cyclists for the peace prize.
On hearing the news, Zahra Hussaini, one of the cyclists said the nomination was a great achievement and an historic event. "We have had six domestic competitions, with two big ones which saw cyclists from Kabul and other provinces taking part," she said.
Masooma, 19, is another Afghan female cyclist and a member of the national cycling team. She has represented Afghanistan at several events and hoisted the national flag on a number of occasions.
"I participated in a competition in Bangladesh," Masooma said.
"As head of the national cycling federation, I was very proud to hear the news that the efforts of our female cyclists have delivered positive results," Sadiq Sadeqi, head of the national cycling federation said.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel prizes created by the Swedish journalist Alfred Nobel. The other are for Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. Since 1901, it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".
This year's nominees are the Afghan cycling team, the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad zarif, US foreign secretary John Kerry, Pope Frances the leader of the Catholic Church and Nadia Murad of Iraq - a victim of sexual abuse of Daesh.
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