So its official. The Afghan National Women’s team will go to the Asian Games in South Korea this September! This will be the first time that an Afghan woman has competed in cycling in such a world class event.
Backstory: Although the mens and women’s teams were invited to the Games, which only occur every four years, the Afghan Olympic Committee was not going to send any members of the men’s or women’s team to the Games because they felt they wouldn’t be able to compete on the world stage and represent Afghanistan in a positive light. I met with the President of the Afghan Federation, Fahim Hashimy two weeks ago in Kabul, and discussed the progress of the women’s team and the positive story of women’s rights and sports development that they represent is stronger than their racing ability. The men’s team is relatively strong for the region and both teams can learn a lot and the opportunity will be integral to their development.