Cyclists in the western province of Herat have recently begun a training camp in the mountainous areas of the province under the supervision of the cycling federation and their instructors.
Officials and athletes in this field said that since the Islamic Emirate came to power, they were able to do more extensive riding in the hills and mountains of Herat province in areas where it was previously difficult to go due to security concerns.
“The purpose of launching these exercises is to prepare the cyclists for next year, during which we are going to launch competitions such as a 40-kilometer race in the mountains,” said Sayed Abdullah, head of the Herat Cycling Federation.
“Previously we could not come to this place; now that the security is ensured, we can come to here and do our exercises,” said Mehersha Sakha, a member of the cycling team.
“Our training is very good; we ask the people of Herat province to come and practice with us,” said Homayoun Noorzad, a member of the team.
Dozens of cyclists took part in the exercises, hoping one day to be able to participate in international cycling races and gain awards for their country.