‘The envy of neighbours, the pride of owners’: Meet the hijab-clad karate champion who will represent India at the Commonwealth in England


Hyderabad: A hijab-clad woman from Hyderabad will represent Indian India at the 2022 Commonwealth Karate Championship in Birmingham

The tournament will take place from September 11.

Pursuing an LLB from Sultan Ul Uloom College, she has won 20 national championships and 22 international championships to date. Falak is also known as the “golden girl” of Hyderabad.

“I was introduced to karate by my older sister, and initially it was just about learning self-defense and improving physical fitness,” she told Siasat.com.

It should be noted that she will compete in the Senior Female Individual Kumite 68 kg category.

“When I told my parents that I wanted to make a career out of it, they were apprehensive. However, my older sister Syeda Ayman convinced them, which helped me get started,” she said.

Falak’s journey as a karate player began in 2006 when she won a silver medal in the inter-school competition. “I then participated in the Indo-Sri Lankan Championship in January 2007, in May of that year I participated in the International Karate Championship in Nepal,” she said.

“I train six days a week focusing on Kumite (fighting), footwork and body strengthening,” she said.

Inspired by Rafael Adhayev, the karate champion of Azerbaijan, she thanked her coaches Mohammed Shafi and Altaf Alam for their support and encouragement.

“I started wearing a Dupatta 2.5 years ago on my own. At first it was a bit awkward but I got used to it. However, I don’t wear it during training. I started putting on the hijab in January this year since I received Hidya (guidance) from Allah,” she said.

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