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Karachi cyclist wins first ‘Tour de Waziristan’ cycling race

Karachi cyclist wins first Tour de Waziristan cycling race

PESHAWAR: The first Commissioner ‘Tour de Waziristan’ cycling race from Dera Ismail Khan to Wana, South Waziristan successfully concluded on December 1, 2021. Ali Ilyas of Baikistan Cycling Academy won the race while Balochistan team secured 2nd position.

Ali Ilyas won first position by completing the 55 km track in 1:35:59, Abdul Wahid of Balochistan finished second in 1:36:02 while Hashir of Sindh finished third in 1:39. On the team level, Balochistan secured first, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Green second and Sindh team grabbed third position.

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Addressing the function, Commissioner DI Khan said that the cycling race – from Dera Ismail Khan to Wana Waziristan – will now held every year. “We will try to include other areas of South and North Waziristan in the race and instead of three , the race will be held on five stages,” the deputy commissioner said.

He said during the event, the people of Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan and Tank not only exhibited their traditional hospitality but also paid tribute to the guests from all over Pakistan. During the closing ceremony, traditional horse dance, bhangra to the beat of drums, and traditional atten dance were also performed.

The first Commissioner Tour de Waziristan Cycling Race was organized jointly by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority, Commissioner Dera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cycling Association, Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps South Waziristan. Earlier, Abdul Wahid from Balochistan won the second stage. The second phase of the rally was from Tank to Gomal Zam Dam. Ali Ilyas from Karachi had won the first phase of the rally from DI Khan to Tank.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority said that more than 50 cyclists from across Pakistan are participating the rally. The officials said that race will be completed in three phases by covering a distance of 189km. The officials added that the purpose of the event is to promote tourism in tribal districts of the province.

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