City of strong-minded people: international Cycling marathon started from Astana to Paris

Today, the international Cycling marathon with the participation of blind and visually impaired cyclists Blind Race Astana–Paris started on the square near the monument «Kazakh Eli». The marathon is held within the framework of the project» Sport without borders», the official website of the mayor's office of the capital reports.

6 is a significant figure in this marathon. A team of 16 people, 6 of which are blind and visually impaired people, went on their way.

Participants will travel a path of more than 6 thousand km and cover 6 countries, including Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany.

«We do this in order to show the unlimited strength of people with disabilities, to make it clear that everyone chooses their own path in life. The slogan of our team – «there is a goal – obstacles transcend», – says the head of the project «Sport without borders» Bakhtiyar Bazarbekov.

According to him, athletes prepared all year round, classes took place on a constant basis.

«We have been doing sports for three years, we get up at 4 and 5 am-we train, because the main difficulty is to find time for training. Thanks to all those who were involved in the organization of the event, they supported us and inspired new victories. We think we will not fail and raise our flag with pride in Paris», - B. Bazarbekov continued.

For a team of cyclists, this is the third Cycling marathon. If in the past times only Almaty and Issyk-Kul were covered, this time the athletes will travel around the largest cities and capitals, such as Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw, Berlin, Frankfurt and Paris, where they will finish on September 8.

Public figures also came to support the cyclists. Vice-Minister of social development of Kazakhstan Berik Aryn recognized the special importance of the project, wished the athletes a long and happy journey, and the head of the capital's Department for social development Daniyar Yesin expressed gratitude to the strong spirit of the people for the fact that they motivate citizens to perform and create such feats.

It is worth noting that the Cycling marathon is a Patriotic initiative aimed at creating a motivational platform and exchange of experience with public organizations in other countries. It is implemented in the framework of the program «Bolashakka Bagdar: Rouhani zhangiru» Fund of support of children and young people – the visually impaired «Anashym» in partnership with the Kazakhstan Association of small and medium enterprises «El Teregi».

«Together with the city branch of the party «Nur Otan» we immediately supported this project and implement it. The bike marathon helps to create equal conditions for people with disabilities, change social stereotypes. However, it should be noted that anyone can freely join the marathon according to the route. I think this is a very important project because the people involved are really strong in spirit. They have to ride a bike for 36 days. Such projects can be an example for others,» – said Daniyar Esin.

It should be noted that the Cycling marathon was supported not only by the mayor's office of the capital and the public party «Nur Otan», but also by the Ministry of social development of Kazakhstan, the public Fund «support and development of sports. Olympic champion A. Vinokurov», Paralympic Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Cycling Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Association of small and medium business «El Tiregi».

Today, more than 23 thousand people with special needs are registered in the capital. Work on the creation of a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities is carried out on an ongoing basis. Last year alone, the akimat installed 200 ramps to the sidewalks, almost 100 square meters of tactile plates for visually impaired people, mounted 1606 devices with a sound signal, equipped with 300 displays of a pedestrian with a tactile vibration signal.

In the city, passenger transport operators have 1158 units of rolling stock. Of these, 742 buses are equipped with folding devices (ladder) for the convenience of boarding and disembarking passengers with disabilities (wheelchair users). 145 Metropolitan entrepreneurs, including the owners of the network of pharmacies «Hippocrates», holding «Tsesna», a network of canteens «Taikazan», agreed to adapt their facilities.

It is worth noting that state support is carried out taking into account the interests of not only citizens with special needs, but also their families.

These and other activities are combined in the comprehensive program «Astana – the city of strong people» implemented by Astana city branch of «Nur Otan» party. This project aims to create barrier free environment for disabled citizens and the provision of conditions of their activity, equal with the other categories of the population.

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