Two Afghan sisters Masouma Alizada and Zahra Alizada have been bought by a French cycling club in Albi, France, following their tremendous performance in a French tour last year.
The cyclists joined the French club after a year of negotiations between their family and the Afghanistan Cycling Federation.
The two have chosen to live in Albi after joining the team.
“The two cyclists had a great performance in a French tour in Albi in 2016. They got medals and they grabbed the attention of the cycling club. They are living in Albi with their family and are training there,” said Sadiq Sadiqi, head of the cycling federation.
He said they are now looking to fill two places, left vacant by the departure of the sisters, on the national team.
Masouma and Zahra were members of the national team for five years and brought home one gold medal, two silvers and a bronze medal from different tours – including tours to India, France, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Bahrain.
National cyclist Bahar Hafizi said the absence of the two cyclists would be a huge loss for the national squad.
This is the first time that two Afghan cyclists have been bought by a French club.