Sports Minister: Sisi's sponsoring "Your Bike Your Health" Initiative opens new horizons for expansion
Friday، 21 August 2020 - 12:12 PM
Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi voiced his deep appreciation and gratitude for President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on approving to sponsor the initiative of "Your Bike Your Health" which is implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide bikes to youths and citizens at reduced prices, with payment facilities in place to encourage the use of bikes as a means of transportation.
In statements on Thursday 20/08/2020, Sobhi asserted that President Sisi’s sponsoring the initiative emanated from his great interest in sports and his keenness on encouraging people to exercise more and spreading sport activities inside the community.
The initiative was mainly launched under the direction of President Sisi to encourage more citizens to take up physical activity and practice sports, such as cycling, which is also a safe way of transportation as well as an economic one, he added.
Sisi encouraged the use of bikes during a bicycle marathon, in which hundreds of citizens and students at the Military Academy, the Police Academy and civil universities. Officials, media personalities and artists also took part in the marathon.
Since Sisi assumed the Presidency in 2014, Egyptians have grown accustomed to seeing him active, with his love of bike riding obvious, he added.
This was shown in February 2017 in the company of police academy students, and in November 2018 while on an inspection tour of Sharm El-Sheikh and on the sidelines of the World Youth Forum, the minister noted.
The "Your Bike Your Health" initiative has received widespread approval and acceptance across Egypt, especially young people. In the first phase, 1,000 bikes were bought in only 20 minutes after registration was put up on the Ministry of Youth and Sports' website, with the bikes delivered to all citizens in the following two weeks, he said.
Sobhi pointed to the success of the first phase, and the great demand from young people to buy the bikes provided.
This prompted the ministry to expedite the launch of the second phase with more bikes to accommodate more requests, he said, adding that as many as 1,400 bikes are expected to be delivered on August 27.