Afghan Rukhsar Habibzai to continue racing with Twenty24 after relocating to US

Twenty24 Pro Cycling and Development Team
Twenty24 Pro Cycling and Development Team (Image credit: Courtesy of Rukhsar Habibzai / Twenty24 Pro Cycling)

Afghan cyclist Rukhsar Habibzai will continue with her racing dreams, despite being forced to leave her country as part of the mass evacuation of vulnerable citizens who faced targeted gender violence by the Taliban. The member of the Afghanistan women's cycling team nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, has relocated to the US and will compete with the Twenty24 development team through 2023.

"I want our government to support the presence of women in sports so we can participate in the World Championships and bring gold home and showcase the physical and mental strength of an Afghan woman to Afghanistan and to the whole world. I want to tell them that a woman is not weak, and that success can be achieved by any gender," Habibzai said.

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