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AMBREEN SADIQ - ONE OF BRITAIN’S FIRST FEMALE MUSLIM BOXERS
I loved this recent article on boxer, Ambreen Sadiq. Not only has she fought and won numerous fights in the ring but she’s fought through the prejudice that some of her family members have about her profession.
After appearing in the local newspapers and a Channel 4 documentary about her journey, Ambreen faced criticism and even death threats from men and women in the Muslim community. But she says that it isn’t the religion that causes the problem…
““A lot of Muslim people say it’s about religion,” she says. “But I think it’s more about the culture and how people have been brought up. Men and women are treated equally [in the religion]. In the culture, it’s like the women should be at home cooking tea. The men put the food on the table.”
Now Ambreen’s story has been transformed into a play that is featuring at Edinburgh Festival - ‘No Guts, No Heart, No Glory’ check out the trailer here:
“It’s great that I can get my story out there,” says Sadiq. She wants to spread the message that Muslim girls can do whatever they want – whether dance, ballet, boxing, or football. “I think girls should be doing anything they want to be doing,” she insists.
A lot of Muslim people say it’s about religion,” she says. “But I think it’s more about the culture and how people have been brought up. Men and women are treated equally [in the religion].
3 hours ago on September 19, 2014 at 10:30am with 3,181 notes
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Excerpt from her official Facebook letter (read the full letter) :
My dear friends,
For close to fifteen years, we’ve been a part of each other’s lives. As a tennis player representing China on the global stage, I’ve trekked around the world playing hundreds of matches on the WTA tour, for China’s Fed Cup team, at the National Games and at several Olympic Games. You’ve always been there for me, supporting me, cheering me on, and encouraging me to reach my potential.
Representing China on the tennis court was an extraordinary privilege and a true honor. Having the unique opportunity to effectively bring more attention to the sport of tennis in China and all over Asia is something I will cherish forever. But in sport, just like in life, all great things must come to an end.
2014 has become one of the most significant years in my career and my life. This year was full of amazing highlights, which included winning my second Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open and sharing the extraordinary experience with my country, my team, my husband and my fans. It was also a year filled with difficult moments, such as having to deal with the inevitable - making the decision to end my professional tennis career.
The amazing moment in Australia was filled with joy, happiness and extraordinary sense of accomplishment. The task of finally making a decision to hang up my racquet felt a lot more difficult than winning seven matches in a row in the Australian heat. It took me several agonizing months to finally come to the decision that my chronic injuries will never again let me be the tennis player that I can be. Walking away from the sport, effective immediately, is the right decision for me and my family.
I’m really going to miss you a lot. Your smile, your tennis- everything. The way you never fail to make everyone laugh during your interviews. How your backhand is such a joy to watch in your good days. How there are days where your tennis is t e r r i b l e and sob, why. How you name your rackets Li Na #1 to Li Na #6. ALSO, BEST SPEECH GIVER ON BOTH TOURS, not gonna lie.
You’re the best champion we can ask for, and not just because you’ve won many titles, and have multiple slams. Who you are, what you represent- it’s bigger than the sport. It’s been a journey being your fan. I want to be selfish and say I want you to never stop playing tennis, but you’ve given a lot of happiness to me (and sadness, also see: frustation, sigh) and I can’t ask for more.
I wish you all the best. Xie xie, Empress Li. Xie xie.
:”””(((((((((( I try to tone it down for groundstrokes BUT I’M GONNA MISS YOU SO MUCH. Sob gonna miss watching your matches and being WHY YOU DO THIS, MADAME LI, NON, STOP and then going sigh YOU ARE AMAZING :’( THAT BACKHANDAAAAAAA.
But I’m so happy that you get to do this, you get to stop in your own terms, retiring as a reigning grand slam champion, with two slams (which is, lbr, two more than everyone expected, than I expected). You deserve all the happiness in the world, bb. All the happiness.
tl;dr I LOVE YOU, THIS IS DISTRESSING, AND SAD, BUT I LOVE YOU AND I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY. and thank you, for everything.