Afghan cyclist plans journey from Kabul to Saudi Arabia
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan man planning to tour four countries on a bicycle on Tuesday said he wanted to convey a message of joint struggle against narcotics to the international community.
Javed Behzad, a resident of Nehr-i-Siraj district of southern Helmand province, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that he would join cyclists from nine other countries in Iran to reach the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Behzad said as he would represent Afghanistan in the journey that would last one month and 20 days and was set to start two weeks later, he had met the governors of all provinces and the officials concerned about his journey and had won their consent.
His journey will start from Kabul and he will cross central Maidan Wardak, southern Ghazni, Zabul, Kandahar, Helmand and Nimroz province that borders Iran where Behzad will join his colleagues from nine countries.
On their way, the cyclists will paddle 200 kilometres daily for 10 hours to cover the entire distance which is about 7500km. Behzad said he would come home from Saudi Arabia in a flight.
He said Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Razaq, a number of traders and countrymen had financially supported him for his trip but said his journey was not expensive. He would only need three milk packets, biscuits and with drinking water.
The young man said millions of young Afghans were addicted to drugs and through his journey he wanted to tell them to shun using drugs and take part in the country’s rebuilding. Behzad has previously attended five such cycle journeys since 2009 visiting 55 countries.
Meanwhile, a statement from the governor’s house of Maidan Wardak province said Javed Behzad was on Tuesday called on the provincial governor, Hayatullah Hayat. The governor praised Behzad’s efforts against the menace of narcotics and said such campaigns by the Afghan youth sent out a positive message to the world.
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