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Boxing - Begum Ready For Debut After Overcoming Many Obstacles

Sunday 18 March 2018


From news outlet Reuters:


Ruqsana Begum
Ruqsana Begum

Boxing - Begum ready for debut after overcoming many obstacles

By Reuters Staff
March 17, 2018
© 2018 Reuters. All Rights Reserved.

(Reuters) - After a life of dealing with many hardships, British professional kickboxer and Muay Thai champion Ruqsana Begum believes no obstacle is too big to overcome as she prepares to make her boxing debut.

Begum, 34, has experienced more problems than most athletes having fallen in love with kickboxing after trying it in college but being forced to hide her passion due to her gender and conservative background.

“At that point, my family didn’t actually know I was doing Thai boxing, they just thought I was going to a normal gym,” Begum told Reuters.

“On top of that I had the extra struggle of being Asian, being Muslim, being a petite female in a male-dominated sport, so I just knew it was out of the question for me to pursue a sport such as Thai boxing.”

Begum studied for an architecture degree at university and after five years of secrecy, she told her family about practising Muay Thai and started fighting professionally in 2008.

Begum was also diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), a disease also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, but continued to defy the odds and joined the British Muay Thai team in 2009.


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