“I TO EYE” Project: blind cyclist rode through Turkmenistan in tandem

“I TO EYE” Project: blind cyclist rode through Turkmenistan in tandem

Blind cyclist from Italy Davide Valakki, accompanied by Michele Giuliano and Samuel Spriano crossed Turkmenistan in tandem within “I TO EYE” (“with My own eyes”) Project, supported by the Sport Federation of Paralympic Games for the visually impaired and blind (FISPIC).

“I am very happy to visit this country”, Davide shared.

Having arrived to Turkmenistan via Iran, the athlete visited such cities as Mary, Turkmenabat and left the country on Farab border, having gone to Uzbekistan.

In addition to the cycling route, Valakki and his team also met with representatives of the Paralympic Committee of Turkmenistan in Mary and expressed their gratitude to the Turkmen side for the warm welcome.

Davide Valakki’s childish dream came true thanks to FISPIC, whose president immediately supported “I TO EYE” Project. Within its framework, Davide will overcome the route length of 15 thousand kilometers. Starting his journey in Rome, the 28-year-old athlete from Ascoli Piceno will visit 13 countries within eight months. Before arriving in Beijing – the end point of his route, his path runs through Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Michele Giuliano and Samuel Spriano are his companions in this unprecedented adventure.

Davide lost his sight when he was 14 years old. The tandem bike, given to him by his father, changed his life.

“Tandem gave me more self-confidence”, the athlete said.

Even before the start, his journey has turned into a campaign that besides the cycling culture promotion and opportunity for the blind to engage in cycling, is a Manifesto for all who are overcoming physical limitations, endeavor to live life to the fullest.

Ayna BERDYEVA