Afghan cyclists, who were evacuated last year to Switzerland and other parts of the world, will be able to compete with each other in October next year in the Saber of Vodua. A great way to close a loop.
It will be a kind of icing on the cake. More precisely, almost the final moment of the story, like no other, which is often mentioned by the actors of the rather incredible exfoliation of these young women by a heterogeneous team between David Lappartien, President of the International Cycling Union, Philip Leuba, Head of the Department of Economics, Innovation and Sports, Vaud, and many others. stakeholders. They are not a little proud of it, they like to talk about it – “something a bit like James Bond”, according to Leuba – and they are absolutely right.
Thus, these young cyclists were expelled from Afghanistan last August during the (re) occupation of their country by the Taliban after the hasty departure of the Americans, all in collaboration with many international and local actors. Since then, the young girls trained at Vodois Chable and learned French fluently. These athletes will be able to compete with each other in October, and there should not be many losers at the finish line.
With the reinforcement of cyclists evacuated to Canada, the United States, Italy or France, the Women’s Championship of Afghanistan will take place in Aileen on October 23, with the start of about fifty athletes. “And with a real title at stake. The winner will wear an Afghan T-shirt for a year and will earn UCI points, ”said David Lapparient. The circular route, which will run twice around Eagle, including Rennes, Ivorne, Roche, Wuwry and arriving at CMC, was created with the help of the organizers of the recently concluded Tour du Pays de Vaud and its leader Alain Witz.
“I am very happy that these runners are safe here,” said David Lapparient, president of the International Cycling Union. But we know what difficulties they live here, without their own, without families who are left. They are worried about them, and we are trying to do our best. I would like to thank the Swiss authorities and the canton for their support. ” Recently, all these little people were awarded the most beautiful. One of the evacuees in Kabul, who was pregnant at the time, has since given birth to a baby girl. He and his mother are fine, and this is the most important thing.
“They are followed by CSIR (Editor’s note: Social Center for Refugee Integration), Rebecca Ruiz, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, is currently focusing on finding housing. They are accompanied by our staff to support them in their efforts. Most of them found an apartment and left the UCI. For others, it is longer because they are waiting for a decision on family reunification. They are looking between Bex, Vevey and Aigle to be able to continue their CMC training.
“Many people are learning French to be able to integrate, and the course was quickly launched directly at the World Cycling Center,” continued Rebecca Ruiz. CSIR staff also help them build a professional future. Some want to enter the University of Geneva, others would like to have access to training. ” And meanwhile, who knows, sign a full-time contract. Given the current boom in this discipline among women, the story is plausible and would be even more beautiful.