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Iranian cyclist on world tour arrives in Rome

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

Iranian cyclist Yavar Samadi, carrying the message of environment protection, arrived in Rome on Thursday after pedaling 9000km in Europe. Upon arrival in Rome, Samadi conveyed message of peace, friendship and environment protection of Tehran's Municipality and Iranian government and nation to Italy's government and nation.

The cyclist started the tour, 105 days ago from Iranian northwestern province of Ardabil.

Italy is the 14th European country which Samadi has visited.

The cyclist has already passed 13 countries through the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, and Estonia and headed to Sweden from Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain and arrived in Italy.

From Rome, he will go to India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and eventually end his trip in Japan.

He biked at the average rate of 160 to 180 km per day. Cycling alone for 45 days. He camps in his tent for rest at nights.

Samadi was born in Ardebil. He is a fifth dan karate instructor in addition to being a cyclist.

He registered his one-stage record in 2009 by cycling 6,000 km and passing through 18 Iranian provinces. During 37 days, he conveyed his slogan of "safe city with participation of citizens" to the residents of Iranian provinces.

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