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All-female Afghan team wins silver medal in global robotics competition

22 Juillet 2017

The team of Afghan girls whose efforts to reach the United States for an worldwide robotics competition captivated people around the world, left the event with a silver medal for "courageous achievement," with judges applauding the group's "can-do attitude".

They took part in the first-ever FIRST Global Challenge which featured teams from all over the world.

They took home a silver medal for courageous achievement, which was awarded to teams "that exhibit a can-do attitude throughout the challenge, even under hard circumstances, or when things do not go as planned".

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Europe won the overall competition by securing the most cumulative points throughout the competition while the second and third place was secured by Poland and Armenia.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulated the Afghan girls' robotics team on a big win during an global robotics contest held in the United States earlier this week, said the presidential palace on Saturday.

The reason for their visa denial has not been disclosed but the critics of US President Donald Trump point the travel ban as the main reason.

All-female Afghan team wins silver medal in global robotics competition