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All-woman races round the corner

CHENNAI:In a first of its kind, TVS Racing and Alisha Abdullah Racing Academy for Women have come together to run a one-make, all-woman race over five rounds this season.

SMILE PLEASE: Allsha Abdullah snaps a selfie with her academy recruits. Photo: M. Vedhan

Eighteen students from the first batch at the academy, who have been selected from 80 entries, will race exclusively for TVS Racing Team.

Speaking at an event in the city on Friday, Alisha said, “we want to show that we have women racers in India and that we are professional in the way we go about it. We have good sponsors, bikes from TVS, hospitality partners, and this is a very good opportunity for women racers.”

Alisha scouted for girls from colleges in Chennai and conducted camps to allay concerns about safety.

“It was really difficult to convince the parents to explain what it is and how safe it is. We even had parents come over to the track for some training sessions. The fact that the girls won’t be racing guys helped to a great extent.”

There are plans to expand the scouting pan-India next year and send at least two girls abroad for some international training.

The first race will be held in Coimbatore later this month with further rounds in Chennai as support race during the National championships.

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