Bayat Foundation Announces a Continuing Olympic Training Grant for Afghanistan's First Olympic Medalist Rohullah Nikpai

    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -- The Bayat Foundation announced an
Olympic training grant to 21-year-old Rohullah Nikpai, Afghanistan's first
Olympic medalist who won the men's 58-kg taekwondo competition against the
former world champion on August 20, 2008 in Beijing.
    Upon the medalist's return to Afghanistan, Chairman Ehsan Bayat said, "In
recognition of Nikpai's achievement, we are pleased to honor him with this
continuing Olympic training grant to support his training and related efforts.
He prepared and overcame hardship during a time of war to excel through
dedication, a disciplined routine and a commitment to excellence and is a role
model and beacon of hope for Afghan youth."
    The Bayat Foundation is helping to rebuild Afghanistan through various
programs and projects including sports teams and athletic events, the
renovation of the Habibia High School sports facility and the construction of
the recently inaugurated stadium in Parwan Province to encourage individual
and team participation and accomplishment.  Executive Director Mrs. Fatema
Bayat said, "Nikpai's Olympic victory is an inspiring moment for all of the
youth of Afghanistan. Our goal is to reach out to many Afghan children and
young people and help them achieve and prosper in the face of adversity."
    About Bayat Foundation
    The non-governmental Bayat Foundation headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan
partners with other NGOs to support in-country humanitarian activities. Since
2005 the Bayat Foundation led by Ehsan & Fatema Bayat has contributed to over
140 projects to improve the quality of life in Afghanistan by providing for
basic human needs, constructing new facilities and infrastructure, organizing
sporting events, promoting health, education and economic programs and
preserving Afghanistan's cultural heritage.  The independent New Jersey based
501(c)3 Bayat Foundation partners with the organization in Afghanistan to
provide advocacy, outreach, education and engagement to promote the well-being
of the Afghan people through the support of its donors. Email for information or to sponsor a program.
    Media Contact:
    Rosalie Wyatt 1-703-399-6929


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