Masomah Ali Zada

IOC Refugee Olympic Team
TeamIOC Refugee Olympic Team
Road CyclingRoad Cycling
Games Participations1
First Olympic GamesTokyo 2020
Year of Birth1996
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Masomah is originally from Afghanistan, but spent her early years in exile in Iran. Following her return to Kabul, she went to high school and university to study sport. She also worked as a sports teacher, and started cycling with a group of other young women, despite disapproval from conservative parts of society. As a member of the Hazara minority, this made things even more difficult for Masomah, but her group became famous and she joined the national cycling team.

In 2016, the pressure from certain parts of society became too strong, and her family left Afghanistan and claimed asylum in France. She is now studying civil engineering in the second year of university in Lille, where she lives with her sister Zahra, while training hard to become a member of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020. Arte, a French TV channel, did a documentary called “Les Petites Reines de Kaboul” featuring Masomah and her fellow athletes.


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