In ‘Racing for Change’, Afghan women cycle to cope

A short documentary from Israel Premier Tech follows Afghan refugees participating in the team’s Racing for Change initiative.

It can be easy to think you understand the power of sport — until you hear from one of the Afghan women interviewed in this short film.

They grew up in an Afghanistan where a girl riding a bike was technically allowed, albeit controversial. Everything changed when the Taliban took control of the country last year after the American withdrawal.

The extremist group has erased the social progress that these women have known for most of their lives. With help from humanitarian groups, they found new homes in Italy, even if that meant leaving their families behind.

Wait for the last minutes of this documentary, when these Afghan refugees cycling again for the first time in over a year. It’s worth it.

The women are now training to compete in a special women’s world championship in Afghanistan. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) welcomes him to Switzerland on October 23, according to Israel Premier Tech.

“We want to show the world that Afghan women can be successful cyclists,” one of them explains in the video.

Duration: 7 minutes

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Andrew McLemore
By Andrew McLemore

Award-winning journalist and photographer Andrew McLemore brings over 14 years of experience to his role as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber, and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as his home base for adventures across the Americas. When he’s not writing, performing or exploring nature, he hangs out with his dog Campana.

Topics: News, Cycling, Women

Key words: israel first tech, withdrawal from afghanistan

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