Egypt’s Minister of Sport Ashraf Sobhi and Governor of Aswan Ahmed Ibrahim launched the 47th International Misr Competition for Bicycles in Aswan on Tuesday, featuring the participation of several competitors from different nationalities.
Head of the Egyptian Union for Bicycles Wageh Azzam and Head of Youth and Sport Directorate Fathy Abdel Hafez attended the opening ceremony.
Egypt has supported bicyclists in various ways recently, such as in hosting the 2018 African Mountain Bike in Wadi Degla for the first ever time back in April of last year, which featured the participation of 16 African countries.
There is also the “Sekketak Khadra” (Your Path is Green) initiative launched May 2018, which seeks to transform Cairo into a greener city that sees riding bicycles as a viable and healthier alternative to cars.
“The idea behind the initiative is to encourage people to leave their cars behind and opt for biking instead,” Rana al-Sadek, communications manager at Nahdet al-Mahrousa told Egypt Independent, “We partnered with organizations such as the Danish Embassy in Cairo, the Cairo Governorate, the UN Habitat and our local community partner Heliopolis Heritage, with the aim to install 100 bike racks all over Cairo.”
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm