PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority (KPCTA) held the All Pakistan Cycling Race in the Orakzai Tribal District on Friday to mark World Tourism Day.
A statement posted here said the event was organized in conjunction with the KP Cycling Association (KPCA) and aimed to boost tourism and sports in the merged districts.
The organizers had established a 17.5 kilometer track for the race between the green hills of the Ziara region to Khawah Darra in the picturesque district.
Over 34 cyclists from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Pakistan Ordnance Factory, Wah Cantonment, participated in the event.
The competitors vigorously pedaled their bikes to take the top positions. Yousaf, a cyclist from Peshawar, won the first position as he completed the track in 30.52 minutes. Sadiqullah completed the track in 31.07 minutes and placed second.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Imran took third place covering the distance in 31.08 minutes. Mohibullah from Balochistan won the fourth position.
Commander Orakzai Scouts Colonel Rai Kashif Amin was the main guest, and Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Khalid, KPCTA Project Director for Merged Districts Ishtiaq Khan, KPCA Chairman Nisar Ahmad and others also attended. at the event.
Speaking to the media, Ishtiaq Khan said that the KP government is working to promote tourism in the tribal districts and that holding the cycle race is the first step in that direction. He said the spectacular event was organized to present the Orakzai district as a tourist attraction for both domestic and international tourists.
The official said tourism, sports and other healthy activities will soon be launched in the merged districts.
Posted in Dawn, le 2 October 2021