Presence even at the bottom of women’s road solo
“Proud to deliver a message of hope”
Although he is last, his existence is special. Because it delivers a message of hope to women and refugees who are still oppressed around the world. Ali Zada, a member of the refugee national team, finished 25th out of 25 participants in the women’s individual road solo at the Tokyo Olympics held on the 28th with a time of 44 minutes, 4:31.
After the match, however, Ali Zada was confident. “I am here to represent the rights of women living in Afghanistan and in other countries where the situation is similar to Afghanistan, and it is my duty to do that,” he said. We will also deliver a message of hope and peace to the people of Japan,” he said. Ali Jada is from Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, where violations of women’s human rights are serious, it is virtually taboo for women to ride a bicycle, and as he trains, fruit and stones are often thrown at him as well as abusive language. Unable to bear the constant threat, he fled to France in 2017 and later joined the refugee team on a scholarship from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “If the people of Afghanistan continue to see women riding bikes, I am sure they will accept it,” said Ali Zada. I am happy to represent the refugee team.” Zahla Sarmat, Deputy Director of the Afghan Cycling Federation, who played with Ali Zada in Afghanistan, said, “I am very proud of Ali Zada because he knows how much suffering he has gone through just because he is a woman. “It’s a big inspiration for Afghan women.”
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