7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

Islamic bicycle...

TEHRAN: Iran is to start manufacturing "Islamic bicycles" for women that conceal their figure.

"This bike has a cabin which conceals half of the cyclist's body," said Elaheh Sofali, an architect of the project. "It would encourage women's sports."

Faezeh Hashemi, a daughter of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was instrumental in encouraging women to take to the saddle in the 1990s when she was in charge of women's participation in the Olympics.

But she was opposed by Islamic hardliners.

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