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Afghanistan’s Women Racers

Alizada is part of Afghanistan’s Women’s National Cycling Team, a group that has been breaking new ground for women’s sports and pushing the boundaries of what is – and is not – acceptable for young women in the conservative Muslim country.

By Mohammad Ismail - Source: http://widerimage.reuters.com

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Masooma Alizada carries her bicycle as she gets ready for her weekly training ride away from disapproving stares in Kabul.

Alizada is part of Afghanistan’s Women’s National Cycling Team, a group that has been breaking new ground for women’s sports and pushing the boundaries of what is – and is not – acceptable for young women in the conservative Muslim country.

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Zahra Alizada is one of more than 40 women who train with the group.

The team has competed in several international competitions and is pushing ahead despite not having been paid for several months, a problem for many Afghan athletes.

To clock the distances needed for training, team members pile their bikes in cars and drive outside the capital, where their uniform of loose-fitting tops and long pants won’t draw stares.

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